Our Everyday God
When I saw I was on the schedule to write a God Moment for today, I began keeping my eyes open for some big, miraculous thing that I could write about. I was going on vacation a week before it was due, so my goal was to write it before I left. I didn’t find anything to write about before I left, so I thought, “I’ll write it when I get back; maybe God will do something cool while I’m in Florida.” So I waited again for something big to happen, but nothing was out of the ordinary. Finally, on my last day of vacation, a few days before my God Moment was due, something occurred to me.
I had been looking for some big, phenomenal thing to happen, when God is in the mundane.
When I hear the words “God Moment” I think of something that does happen, but what about the things that don’t happen? God may not perform miracles or supernatural events every day, week, or even month. God does work in the minutia, but we as humans don’t think about the things that God prevents, we’re always looking for big moments.
So my goal for this God Moment is to help open your eyes to see God in your everyday life. As you begin to see God in the little moments, it will bring you more joy and strengthen your relationship with God. When looking for God in the everyday, my first bit of advice is to look for the little victories. This looks like thanking God for things like beautiful weather, interactions with people, or events that cheered you up. These things don’t have to be massive, life-altering events. These are the things that happen daily that we take for granted.
My second idea for opening your eyes to see God is to look for the things that didn’t happen. This often happens when you have the worst day of your entire life and it’s hard to thank God for anything. This looks like waking up in the morning, and thanking God for giving you breath. This looks like pulling into your garage and thanking God for keeping you safe from a car accident. Miracles are things that do happen, but they’re also things that don’t happen.
My final piece of advice is actually taking time to thank the Lord. Not just thinking in your head, “Thank you for keeping me safe”, but actually taking time out of your day to pause and verbally thank God. It doesn’t need to be a long or eloquent prayer, but just tell God what you’re thankful for. You could even buy a journal and write down three things you’re thankful for from that day.
Looking at our world can sometimes seem hopeless. Thanking and keeping track of God’s blessings is a great reminder that even though there’s a lot of bad stuff going on, God is still greater and above it all. The preschool song “Count Your Blessings” is such a good reminder. “Count your blessings, name them one by one, count your blessings see what God has done. Count your blessings, count your many blessings, name them one by one.”
Don’t lose faith because God isn’t working through supernatural phenomena in your life. Be thankful for the things that God protects you from. As I was in Florida, I realized all the things God protected us from. Our plane made it safely there, we didn’t get lost, we didn’t even feel unsafe while there. Deuteronomy 7:9 says, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love Him and keep His commands to a thousand generations.” The Lord is God! He is a faithful God who keeps His promises even when we don’t always see it.