There is a freeway that I drive every single day on my way to work. The thirty-mile trip to my place of employment is filled with the same twists and turns on the road to which I have grown apathetically accustomed. If something new or exciting was within view, I don’t know if I would see it. I have the feeling that day by day the same old grind, the routine of my life would never hold a surprise. In fact, even if there were something new or extraordinary, I probably wouldn’t see it because my eyes are fixed on the road and I’m concentrating on getting to my destination as quickly as possible. I’m so focused on my commute that I’ve often thought when I arrive at work, “I wonder what I just missed in the past 45 minutes?” Think about your own life…do you miss a lot? So much of the time, we blow by all sorts of things like relationships, the beauty of creation, signs of the loving and wonderful God we serve because we have more important things to do.
Not too long ago, I heard a pastor give a sermon where he used some unique words to describe the presence of God in our world. He said that our world was “drenched” with God. In other words, there isn’t a place you can go, a molecule of air you can breathe, a sight you can see, where you can sense that God is missing. All it takes, as Jesus said, is “eyes to see and ears to hear” the wonder and magnificence of God. Maybe instead of driving so hard in our lives, we should be opening our eyes and ears to seeing and experiencing the presence of God in new ways. Maybe instead of wondering how we are going to see God at work in our lives, we should simply be on our knees thanking Him for the many ways He has already worked and we were too busy to see.
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1. On your next routine trip, take a different route or pull over at a place where you can take a moment or two and thank God for your day.
2. Is your pace of living helping you see more of God or less?
Psalm 34, Psalm 39, Matthew 6:25-33
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