When it comes to writing – I continuously find myself in need of inspiration. And when one attempts to write nearly daily – one is constantly looking for something about which to write. Daily I look to reflection from the previous day. How did I see God working in my life the day before. Sometimes that is a struggle. Why, you may ask? Certainly not because God was absent the day before. I think it is a challenge primarily because I find it difficult to be attentive to God’s movement in the moment. I have found it is an issue of training.
My undergraduate degree was a double major – Bible and English. If I remember correctly from one of my American literature classes, Mark Twain was once approached and asked how many orange peels he saw on the ground along the stretch of street he had just traveled down – he knew the answer. Now whether this is true or not, it speaks to one’s keen sense of awareness and attentiveness. I find it interesting to ponder: what if I was that observant as I went through the day when it comes to seeing God at work.
As I said, I think it is a matter of training. We have to be intentional about looking for God at work. We have to practice reflecting on events and occurrences to find God there. Over time, I pray that my sensitivity will become more and more in tune with seeing God in the moment and not just after the fact.
How about you? How sensitive are you when it comes to seeing God at work around you?