Looking in All the Wrong Places

I just returned from a refreshingly brisk walk on a 38-degree, wet falling snow day in Minnesota. Thirty-eight degrees, however, is considered unseasonably warm for this time of year; say nothing of the previous two days’ 50 degree marks. I rarely listen to music when I walk, opting instead to take in the beauty of the outdoors, reflect, or pray. On days like today, I animate God — in the most respectful of ways — and picture Him staying one step ahead of scientists and meteorological prognosticators by allowing the upper Midwest to experience spring-like temperatures in the middle of January. And just as soon as the cries of global warming reach the heavens, He allows the temperature to drop 40 degrees in 24 hours. I’m not sure exactly how He does what He does, I just know that He does it.

 

The reason I choose not to listen to anything or anyone while I’m outside is so that I can look for Him at work. Often times when I’ve got a pressing concern, my focus naturally gravitates to that situation alone. If I’m driving, my mind can wander and drift so far into an unhealthy thought process until I’m arrested back into awareness. But when I walk outside and alone, no matter the weather (let’s not get too carried away ~ when the temperature is 30 or above), I force myself to look for God and see where He’s at work. Because He’s ALWAYS at work.

Are you looking for employment and can’t seem to focus on anything but that? Maybe step back and notice that somehow your needs are being met, perhaps through a spouse’s seemingly insignificant salary, or help from family or friends, or perhaps even anonymous help. That’s God!

Are you battling through a health crisis? Before the healing kicks in, look for the unexpected blessings. Perhaps your insurance is taking care of way more than you’d thought; perhaps there’s an opportunity to participate in an experimental study. Perhaps you’ve got unexplained joy and belief and a certainty that everything is going to be alright. That’s God, too.

            

Train your eye to look for God at work. When I left California a 7 months ago, I couldn’t have imagined any potential scientific scenario where I would voluntarily walk outside in 38 degrees and wet, falling snow. And an even further impossibility would be for me to enjoy it. And yet, today, that’s exactly what I did. Look for God at work; look not directly at your problem or need, but look peripherally for where He’s doing something just as mighty.

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