18 year old Traci O’Kelley had recently graduated from Tecumseh High School and was now a Freshman at Saint Gregory University in nearby Shawnee, Oklahoma. Her parented to have adjusted well to not having their eldest daughter at home. They got use to only setting four plates instead of five at the table. After a short while, they learned not to expect her to come home at the end of the day. But since she lived so close she would come home on the weekends to enjoy the presence of her family.
One day, for whatever reason, Traci’s mother missed her so terribly that she ached to see her. The attack was sudden and unexpected. “Traci was less than ten miles away probably in class or studying in her dormitory room,” thought her mother. No one in the family was sick nor did Traci need anything. She could not think of anything she or Traci needed that would make it necessary to go to Shawnee. Finally, the mother just got into her car and drove to the University, went to the dormitory where she lived and asked for Traci. After about five minutes of waiting, Traci appeared in the waiting area like a burst of sunlight on a cold cloudy winter afternoon to her mother.
“Mom, Is there something wrong?”
Shaking her head “no”, the mother stood face to face with her daughter unable to say a single word.
“What is it, mom? I’ve got a real important exam in physics in Dr. Meyer’s class in about an hour.”
“I just wanted to see Traci.”
“About what? Are you sure everything is okay?” There was a slight sense of fear in her voice.
“I don’t have a reason, honey. Nothing is wrong at home. Everybody is okay. I just had a to be with you for a few minutes. That’s all. When you have children of your won you’ll understand.”
“MOTHER!” Traci exclaimed, looking around to see if anyone had heard their conversation. Then she smiled a warm smile and in a low tone of voice,” See mom. I’m okay. School here is great! The teachers are really good! I still don’t understand why you came all the way up here but thanks mom.” Then she gave her mother a hug of gratitude and love.
Completely satisfied, Mrs. O’Kelley drove home happily.
At times Jesus come to each person—His beloved children—because He longs for fellowship with us for just a moment or so. These moments are unexpected and most people miss these opportunities. Like Traci, they cannot imagine why Christ would want to visit with them while they are at school, work or shopping for groceries. However, each person, especially those who call themselves a Christian, should be more watchful for His calling no matter what it is that we are doing. We should respond immediately with joy, happiness and unbridled love at such visitations! Jesus comes unexpectedly and often if we look His presence.