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Reflections By James Halpin : Zaccheus

Updated on September 25, 2011


Reflections by James Halpin : Zacchaeus Date: 1/5/2005

A childhood song has been replaying continuously in my head. Zacchaeus was a wee little man. A wee little man was he. I don't remember the whole song. I do remember the story from the Bible and it was most likely that the song was written that children would remember the story.

I know that it says Zacchaeus was a small man. But how small was he? Was he really that small? Or per chance was it just the way he held himself. I used to work with a lady that when she was having a bad day she literally shrunk nearly two inches.

During my time in high school I was taking growth hormones due to a hormone dyficiency, and it was in that time that I was told, "You're as short or as tall as you want to be." Being the average teenager I just shrugged my shoulders and muttered, "Whatever."

As an adult I recall these words and I wonder if he meant something more then just someone's height.

For instance I've heard some people argue that Goliath wasn't really a giant. But a person who was very tall. Having to listen to them bicker I have to contain my laughter. In arguing over whether the giant was Andre the giant size or living atop a beanstalk size, they miss the point.

We do that so often in life. Just like I purposefully missed the point of the song. It wasn't the size of Zacchaeus that mattered. It was the fact that he sought out Jesus. How many of us can say that we've gone out of our way to seek Jesus. I know that I like to wake up every morning and spend some time in prayer. Some days I do it and some days I'll find that in the hustle and bustle of the day it's time for bed and I've haven't sought the Lord. Realizing that convicts me because I know that Jesus always seeks for me and the last thing I would want for him is to have to climb up a sycamore tree to be able to catch my attention.


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