There was a wonderful sunrise this morning, and a wonderful sunset, and a wonderful sunny day! Yes again. But the picture I am focussing on is a picture taken late last night. It is a picture of Fulwood in Preston, catching the house lights beaming up into the night, whilst the clouds meander by. The Moon was also beaming down almost blotting out the bright star Regulus – the brightest star in Leo the lion.
How a bright sunrise or wonderful sunset can be dazzling, and joyful, but how it blots out the other things going on. We can be in danger of focussing on the dazzling things so much that we ignore the small wonders that are around us. Perhaps trying to have powerful pray sessions is great, but if we forget what we prayed about immediately after then we are loosing at battle. Trying to experience God in the small moments.
Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered.
This quotation always makes me smile. God is into the detail. Apparently He is so focussed on designing each of us that He must spend many moments, (if indeed God does spend moments because He invented time) labouring over each hair on my head. That will make me think twice about the next hair cut.
For every house is built by someone, but he who built all things is God
But seriously God is into the detail. As well as the massive sunrises and sunsets, he has small plants and shrubs and trees reaching up into the sky. He has designed the human body and we humans have designed other wonder inventions, even this week parliament voted to allow babies to be created using three parents. Despite the debate whether it is a good thing, it just shows the amazing inventiveness of the human brain – how much more inventive is Gods who created the earth and universe. Who knows, perhaps God led the scientists to try that idea out.
A man’s heart plans his way,
But the Lord directs his steps
What ever comes from our decisions, God will shape them to His will.
Focussing on the little things through the day I feel is a better way to experience Gods presence. One day last week I managed to have a good prayer routine at the start of the day, but the rest of the day went to pot. What did I do wrong. Well Praying at the start of the day is great, it gets you focussed, but if you then forget about God for the rest of the day you are bound to not experience God.
Today was better, I took time and tried to stop and think about God and how He could be possibly leading my feet somewhere. It was a fruitful day, talking with many people I would have never bumped into and I feel I experiencing God’s idea of a good day, rather than mine.
We can all learn from great men and women that sought God in their lives. Saint Francis was a bit of a hero when growing up, probably initially because of the story of him casting off his cloths and wealth and loving nature – I like the rebels. But Saint Thérèse of Lisieux also comes across as a role model because she seems to have had a simple view on life trying to find God in the small parts of your day, or in simple actions.
I pray that we shall stop to seek God in all our day, in the small and the great moments.
I pray that we do not get over taken with our own egos of achievement and projects, but let God direct our feet and lead us to this moments He is calling us to.
I pray that you will find peace tomorrow and you experience God in your day.