|Posted on August 11, 2019 at 9:05 PM|
How will you meet God today?
It is no surprise that I don’t understand God. He is God, after all, and I am not! But there are parts of God that I CAN understand, and those are the parts that in my humanness I can recognize. Today I’d like to share with you how I meet God.
God is everywhere. God is in everything I can see, and in everything I cannot see. And every day I meet up with God in more ways than I can count.
Here are a few examples: In the morning I meet Him in the bright rays streaking in between the blinds. I feel Him in the warmth of the sun and the chill of the wind. God is present in each person I encounter throughout the day and in the vast marvels of creation. I believe He is even present in the things constructed by humans.
Since God surrounds me at all times, I constantly meet Him. However, I often fail to recognize Him.
I find it hard to meet God when things are not going the way that I planned – He can be a master of disguise! When I am watching my grandkids and the toddler is constantly saying “no!” in defiance and the older children are not doing what they were told, I get frustrated and don’t see God. When I don’t get recognition for a task I worked on really hard, I wonder why God seemed to let me down. And when I see shootings so often in public places, I wonder how I can meet God in the midst of this pain.
When I am in the midst of a trying situation, it helps me to think of something positive that might some out of the situation. In the examples I listed above, perhaps God is telling me I need to learn better patience with the children, or maybe I should work on humility. Or perhaps God is working somehow through the responders and the family members of the victims in a way that I can’t yet see.
It’s easy to say that I need to see God all the time, but it’s harder to actually do it. I may have to look very closely to see God in the crying baby, the homeless man on the street corner or the disheveled person ahead of me in the checkout line.
But I am working on being open to meeting God in everything, good and bad. He is many things! And I give thanks that He meets me in so many ways.
Do you think about your meetings with God? Perhaps you might choose to think about how you will act when you meet Him today. I encourage you to be on the lookout for God as you go about your activities. You could say hello and thank Him for everything He has given to you. You may be amazed at the blessings you will receive.
Today I have a gift for you – a poem I wrote about five years ago.
I Meet My God
I meet my God in prayer because I believe that He is everything.
I meet my Creator, who has given me life and instilled in me the deep desire to know Him more.
I meet my Parent, who feeds me with Word and Bread and shelters me from harm.
I meet my Confessor, who chastises me gently but offers healing love and consolation.
I meet my Teacher, who guides me on my spiritual journey and corrects my path.
I meet my Gardener, who nourishes me with the water of life and trims the weeds from my path.
I meet my Healer, who brushes away my tears and lifts me in my brokenness.
I meet my Friend, who converses with me and places a gentle arm around my shoulder.
I meet my Lover, who captivates me with His breathless love and gifts of grace.
I meet my Savior, who has given Himself fully for me no matter what I have done.
I meet my God in prayer because I will never stop seeking His love.
Have a blessed Monday!
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