I have to remind myself that if I’m not careful I’ll pay attention to the wrong things and when I do I miss experiencing what the wiser Wismer refers to as “God moments”, those “holy moments” where you literally bump into “thin places,” those time where the mysterious presence of God pervades. It is in those times that meaning and purpose become clearer for me and there is a greater sense of hope regardless of what the world throws at me. It’s the kind of day that I have to remind myself that if I am not careful, I will get swept up in the hectic pace allowing that demand to consume me, frustrate me, and I’ll end of being disappointed.
I was reminded of a story that Dorothy Bass tells of a mother who has a rather wonderful way of teaching her children to be attentive to the signs of God’s activity around them. At the end of each day, instead of asking her young kids, “How was your day?” or something similar, instead she asks them, “Where did you meet God today?” “And they tell her,” Dorothy Bass writes, “one by one: a teacher helped me, there was a homeless person in the park, I saw a tree with lots of flowers in it. And then she tells them where she met God. The stuff of the day had become the substance of prayer.”
Our invitation is to pay attention. Pay attention to those around you; pay attention to things that you take for granted; pay attention to the ordinary and the surprises that catch you off guard. Look for those moments where God’s light breaks through, even if it is only for a brief moment. Seek them out, ponder them, savor them and hold on tightly to them. Keep your eyes wide open to the signs of God’s presence.
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 51:4
“Listen to me, my people, and give heed to me, my nation; for a teaching will go out from me, and my justice for a light to the peoples.”
How do you prepare yourself to listen to God?
What life lesson is most meaningful for you?
How do you define justice?
Prayer: Holy God, quiet me for the noise is louder today than usual and I have become distracted. Break through brightly and let me experience your presence. Amen.
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