Day 23, Nicene Creed, 15th Line
And became man.
Have you ever thought about what Jesus' toes look like? Or His knee caps? It may seem odd, but for whatever reason, I'm fascinated and comforted in thinking about the reality of a God with elbows and leg hair.
“You created the universe?” I've asked in prayer, perhaps after reading scripture or something. “Okay. And just out of curiosity, all that walking you did on those Middle Eastern roads… did the dust ever get, you know, stuck in your nostrils?”
Yes, sometimes I wonder how the Almighty dealt with His inevitable holy booger situations. Not because I’m gross (well, maybe a little), but because I believe He’s really real! And I'm curious! I want to know all about Him! How does God-man-ness work? Jesus doesn't exactly answer such silly questions outright, but He certainly doesn't seem to mind them, either. He does, however, fill me with a sense of His immense love and delight as He assures me that we can know Him as well as we want to. That’s why He came. That's why He became man.
Maybe you don’t want to meditate on Jesus’ dusty nostrils, and that’s totally understandable. I get it, I really do. But somehow, I hope you'll take some time today to think about what it means that God became man in every way except for sin. If toes and leg hair don't inspire awe, you can always just rest your head against His chest, and listen to His heartbeat. Totally counts, and I highly recommend it.
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This reflection is a part of By Heart: A Lenten Prayer Project.