“[Zacchaeus] wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.” (Luke 19:3-4, NIV)
Our circumstances will often conspire to keep us from seeing Jesus — which includes doing the thing we know in our heart that we ought to do.
Zacchaeus was short in stature. The crowd was large — and most of the persons in the crowd were taller than Zacchaeus. But Zacchaeus didn’t curse the crowd. He didn’t blame God. He didn’t shrug his shoulders and surrender his desire to see Jesus.
Although short in stature, Zacchaeus’ mind was as good as anyone’s. His will was as strong as anyone’s. So, he didn’t focus on what he lacked; instead, he used what he had. The scripture says that Zacchaeus “ran ahead. . .”
Today, your circumstances may conspire to keep you from following Jesus; but don’t give-in. Do not focus on what you lack; seize and employ the things you have, as Zacchaeus did — and you will not only see Jesus, but Jesus will see you! – Luther