"So (Zacchaeus) ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way."
I always love the story of Zacchaeus because it calls to mind a little cartoon character guy (like maybe the Boras character in the Bullwinkle cartoon--remember him?). Besides providing an entertaining visual, though, the story is one of letting go and letting God. Zacchaeus let go of his dignity and pride and let Jesus welcome him, by interestingly, welcoming Jesus. It also illustrates that Jesus came and surprised everyone. He invited himself to a party at Zacchaeus' house and that shocked all present. No one can put God in a box because they have God all figured out. Jesus sure showed us that! So, Zacchaeus threw off his dignity and pride, climbed a tree to get a better look at Jesus, then completely turned his life around. It can be done! And we can never underestimate the power of Jesus to change us. What can we let go of today to catch a better glimpse of Jesus? Pride? Anger? Feelings of unworthiness? Whatever they are, let's leave them on the ground and climb a tree! Love, heidi