“How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another
and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?” - John 5:44
This is a time for renewal…
I am guilty, as I’m sure we all have been at many points in our lives, of missing, looking past, or simply ignoring the voice and presence of God in my life. I fancied myself wise when I thought, God does not really speak to us, God only works in ways that are beyond human understanding and comprehension and to try and see his handiwork where it isn’t is simply foolish. I still don’t know if I believe in a God of drastic miracles, but I am coming to understand that God is not beyond our comprehension; where we can see him and how we can see him is, at least partly, a matter of from where we are looking.
God is in everything.
God is the sweet song of a cardinal, heralding the coming spring.
God is in a weeping friend, and in our comforting words or touch.
God is in our own sorrows, and in the kind ear that listens to them.
God, quite simply, is, and the more I grow in my understanding of that, the greater my sense of wonderment and awe becomes. I certainly still miss God in most aspects of my life, but the glimpses I get in my moments of clarity and alertness are simply beautiful.
Spirituality is exciting, we have so much to work towards and grow into on our humbling journeys deep into God, each other, and ourselves.
I pray that this Lent may be a time for all of us to step away from the “praises”, distractions, and seeming monotony of everyday life. Let us look for God in the air we breath, the time we spend together, the gifts we are blessed to accept (perhaps a smile) as well as the ones we are blessed to share (maybe a random act of kindness, like making dinner for your loved ones).