Finding God in your Everyday
Life is busy! I am not sure there are many people that would disagree with that statement.
I’m a wife, mom, newly home-school teacher, business owner, volunteer, friend, family taxi driver, chef, house cleaner, laundry doer, the schedule organizer, the giver of comfort and the list of daily demands goes on and on!
I get it. Life is hard.
Some days you have just enough breath left to look up and see if there is anyone throwing you a life preserver.
Other days it can be easy to go through life focusing on the next destination. To move throughout your day from one thing to the next. You wake up, get ready, tend to your little ones, and start working on that to do list that seems longer everyday. I can’t be the only one who feels like for every 5 things I cross off I end up adding 10! It’s easy to just move from errand to errand. We allow people, places and things to be distractions that keep us from finding the sacred heart of God in our everyday.
The haze of our over-scheduled lives and burdens hovers over us like a cloud. Sometimes it is not our schedule that is so demanding as the thoughts and expectations we set for ourselves in our own minds. It becomes harder and harder to see God right in the middle of it all.
God, where are you?
Where are you leading me?
What decision should I make about that thing that’s so heavy on my heart?
Am I doing ok?
I wish I could hear you more clearly!
I know this, because I am right there with you.
I have found myself in a new season of life that has added more to my plate than ever before. With that being said, I do believe God has very clearly led me here.
There have also been times I said yes too quickly and too often when I should have said “no” or at least “not right now.” This always brings added pressures and unnecessary concerns to a busy mama’s heart!
So, where is God when you are at the grocery store, driving your kids back and forth or at your third school event this month? Or how about when you are in the middle of negotiating peace between the Northern Territory of Older Sibling and the Southern Territory of Little Sibling?
Are you looking for Him?
Do you know how to find Him?
When I was a kid, one of the most popular books at the time was “Where’s Waldo?” For those of you that are unfamiliar with this late 1980’s phenomenon: It was a series of children’s puzzle books that would have detailed double-paged illustrations of various scenes with hundreds of people. The challenge was to find Waldo in the large group. Waldo was known for his red and white striped shirt and matching hat along with round glasses. He wasn’t hidden. He was always just standing there in the sea of people. It sounds easy, but I remember staring and searching some pages for an hour or more before making the discovery of his location!
The thing with these books was that you had to train your eyes to see only Waldo’s characteristics. Everything else on the page was just there to serve as a distraction. The better you could scan for those red and white stripes the quicker you could find Waldo. Once you found him you could not unsee his location. It became so obvious, you often felt silly for not seeing him sooner!
Just like Waldo, God is not hidden from us. He is right there. He has always been and always will be.
However, our everyday lives are filled with things that are distracting us from seeing Him.
It is possible though to see and hear God right smack dab in the middle of our mundane! No matter what season of life I have been in, there are a few ways that have helped me see and hear him in my everyday.
1. Find time to be still.
Psalm 62:5 “Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.”
Get alone with God, let him fill your your heart and mind with his Holy Spirit.
2. Pray throughout the day.
Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”
Chuck Swindol said it so well when he said:
“Prayer is an investment. The time you dedicate to prayer isn’t lost. It will return dividends far greater than what a few moments spent on a task ever could. If we fail to cultivate this discipline, prayer ends up being our last resort rather than our first response.”
3. Meditate on God’s Word.
Psalm 1:2-3 “But they delight in the law of the Lord, meditating on it day and night. They are like trees planted along the riverbank, bearing fruit each season. Their leaves never wither and they prosper in all they do.”
Meditating on God’s Word shifts our focus from our present circumstance upward. It realigns our thoughts to be filled with the hope and joy that is alive all through scripture. God’s word increases our faith and deepens our devotion.
When we can find time to be still, pray and meditate on God’s word our eyes and mind will be changed. We will not see the distractions any longer. We will see God. The distractions will still be there, but our perspective of them will be changed! Just as in the Waldo picture, they become part of the background not our main focus.
Just as the famous 1600’s French Monk, Brother Lawrence said, “The time of business does not differ with me from the time of prayer; and in the noise and clatter of my kitchen, while several persons are at the same time calling for different things, I posses God in as great tranquility as if I were on my knees.”
As I find myself in this new season, God has once again reminded me He is right there in the middle of my everyday pouring out His grace, mercy, love and faith into my heart and He is there in your day too.