A walk outside provides me with clarity like nothing else. For you, it may be other things you like to do. But for me, being outdoors helps to clear my mind and allows me to breathe in God’s goodness while contemplating whatever it is I may be struggling to figure out. I often feel God’s messages most clearly when I am among his creation. It is a relief and a joy to simply be and to know that God has me no matter what it is I face. The rain reminds me of forgiveness and nurturing. The snow reminds me of new, fresh starts. The leaves falling remind me that today’s beauty must be admired, for it will be tomorrow’s landscape to rake. Sunrises and sunsets are more majestic some days – so don’t fail to pay attention to today. You may just miss it. God just speaks with such eloquence in his creation.
How do you sense God’s presence? Where is it that you find his love most evident? How is he showing you he is with you? Another place I sense his goodness is when I am spending time in the kitchen. It is, I guess, tapping into my creativity he has ingrained in me. To take simple ingredients and combine them in just the right way to make something delicious is just another reminder of creation. God takes simple things and creates something delectable. He has given us resources we take for granted. He has offered us to care for this earth in a way he would. We are given all we need if we just took the time to appreciate it. God’s presence is among us.
Today, my goal is to sense his presence in the ordinary. While I always try to do this, I will be spending a little more time focused on this today. I don’t want to miss his goodness, his majesty or his provision. Open my eyes, Lord, that I may see you today.
1 Chronicles 16:26-27
26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
27 Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.
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