This morning I woke up with a long list of things I wanted to get done. First on the list: start the coffee pot. Ok, I did that, now it’s time to do my daily Bible reading and journaling. A few minutes later I close my journal and feel refreshed. I pause, take a second to send a quick prayer up to God and ask that He would reveal more about His character to me today. I’m about to say “amen” and move on to the next thing when I get a quick idea for another prayer. “God, help me to see you in even the most ordinary of things.”
I turn on the TV and begin writing when I suddenly remember I have to call the doctor to make an appointment. 10 minutes later I hang up the phone, write down my appointment time, and cross that item off my to do list. I look at the clock and realize that’s it’s time for a morning run. While I’m running, I compile a mental list of everything else I want to do and figure out the timing of my day.
If I’m home by 10, I can stretch and cool down by 10:15, then I can get back to writing. I’ll leave the house around 11 and head to my dog walking gig, and then I’ll get home before 12.
Before I know it, I’m planning out what I’ll eat for lunch, how long it’ll take me to eat it, and how much time I have left for the other tasks I want to do before my husband gets home.
I finish stretching and walk over to the backdoor to let Meeka inside. I see her sitting there looking out toward the neighbor’s fence. I watch as her humongous ears stand up straight, then they gently pull back as she lets the wind blow across her nose. Each ear then changes position, sometimes they both move at once, sometimes she moves them forward and back one at a time. I call them her “antena ears” because they move and point toward whatever she hears around her.
I reach toward the handle to let her in, knowing that the sound of the door will catch her attention. I also know that when I do this, she will look back at me with those puppy dog eyes that’ll just beg me to let her stay outside a little while longer. My hand is about to slide the door open, but then I stop. For some reason or another, I decide not to open the door and distract her. Instead, I just keep watching.
How is it that Meeka can just sit there and stare at nothing for hours? And how in the world can that be her favorite thing to do?
At that moment I recall the prayer I said just a few hours ago: “God, help me to see you in even the most ordinary of things.”
Meeka is part of God’s creation, sitting there and just taking in the rest of the world. She’s enjoying the sunshine, letting the breeze blow her fur around, and raising her snout up into the air to take in the smell of our neighbor’s freshly cut grass. It’s such a simple thing to see, something I see her do almost everyday, but this time I stopped and noticed.
I finally opened the door and Meeka did exactly what I thought she would. She looked back at me with a gaze that begged “just a few more more minutes, mom, please?” And instead of calling her back in so that I could move ahead to the next thing on my list, I take a step outside and walk over to where she was sitting in the grass. I squat down next to Meeka and follow her gaze, realizing that she’s observing a little bird hopping around a dandelion that had just sprung up. Immediately one of my favorite Bible passages comes to mind:
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” -Matthew 6:25-34
Once again, I am stunned by what God is teaching me: He created everything and is in everything. He provides. He holds my future. And, most importantly, He loves me.
Are busy jumping from one to-do list to the next? Have you found yourself filling your mind with tasks and goals that you’ve created for yourself?
I need to work at least 10 hours today to earn enough so I can pay rent, I can’t go to Church group today.
I need to clean up the house this afternoon, I can’t invite my neighbor over to chat, there’s simply no time and it’ll create an even bigger mess.
I can’t call my parents today, I’ll be stuck on the phone with them for too long, I have more pressing matters to deal with.
Let me ask you something: who is making the plans in your life? Are you clinging on tightly to the things you believe will give your future security or comfort? I know I sure have. But you know what? You don’t need to do that! God takes care of the birds even though they don’t sow, reap, or store away in barns. Remember how that dandelion spring up in my backyard? Well, it didn’t have to labor or spin, it just sprouted up. And still, we are told that not even a rich king like Solomon was dressed as beautifully as these simple plants. And take Meeka for example, she doesn’t worry about anything, instead she takes life as it comes and enjoys every moment of it that she can.
Today, take time to stop and observe the goodness of our creator, our father, our Lord. You don’t have to look hard to find Him. In fact, He can be found in even the most ordinary of things.
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