Hey everyone and welcome back to Serenity in The Spirit. In case you're new here, SiTS is an online ministry with the aim of bringing glory to God, bringing people to His kingdom and encouraging people in their walk with Him.
Today, I want to talk about seeing God (the extraordinary) in everyday life (the ordinary). Often, we claim that we can't feel the presence of God or that we cant hear Him speaking to us. It's easy to forget (as I have done numerous times before) that, as the creator of the world, God is everywhere and not only does He perform miracles, signs and wonders but He is present in our everyday activities. He gives us breath which, in turn, gives us life. He strengthens us to do the everyday tasks we do. It is so easy to get caught up in a routine and take our everyday blessings for granted.
I began this year journaling the things I was thankful for each day. Some of my entries include:
Uni printer working first time (so I wasn't late)
Family & Friends
A Free bus ride
A warm home
Productivity with uni work
Motivation to wash up
Getting to uni early leading to an extra 5 minutes in my appointment with my lecturer
The list goes on, there was so much more that I wrote each day for the first few months of the year. I started doing this as a way to see God working in my every day life because I recognised that I started to lose faith when I couldn't 'feel' His presence or my prayers weren't being answered. We must remember to not limit God to a feeling, we must remember what the Bible says about Him - He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31), He is with us wherever we go (Joshua 1:9), He is with us, He is our God, He will strengthen us, help us and uphold us with His righteous hand (Isaiah 41:10), He is with us always until the end (Matthew 28:20) etc. It is during the difficult times we must call upon these truths, and thank God for all He is doing even if it is not yet explicitly what we have asked for. As I mentioned in The Bigger Picture, God knows best and He will do what is right by us, we should not lean on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5), i.e. believe that God is only there when we have supernatural evidence, but trust that God is just as present in the small, every day things.
Those who know me personally know that I have a nephew who is a toddler. Every single time, I would see him, I would ask for a hug (in case you didn't know, aunties thrive off cuddles) and every time I would ask, He would say no. I would normally try and steal one anyway because i'm just that kind of auntie but one random day, he actually said yes. Whilst this in itself seemed like a miracle, the unexpected circumstances in which he said yes made me even happier. If you know any toddlers, you will know that just after they have woken up is typically one of their grumpiest times. I asked my nephew for a hug just after he'd taken a nap and he said yes! FYI - he hasn't refused a cuddle from me since :D
The reason I mention this story is because a few months later, randomly, when I was walking home from uni, God gave me a revelation about it that I would like to share with you. He showed me that just as I was persistent with my nephew in asking for a hug, I must be persistent with Him when asking for what I want. He might not give it to me straight away but He could give it to me when I least expect it. In revealing this to me, God took an ordinary, everyday situation and made it extraordinary. I truly believe God used my nephew to make a point about the persistence required in my prayer life. This was a very timely revelation too, as it felt like I was almost pointlessly praying for something that just wasn't happening.
Now, this post is not about persistent prayer (although that is extremely important - 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Matthew 7:7 etc.), it is an introduction to a series about seeing God in the ordinary, everyday aspects of life because He is always there. A great starting point for this is asking God to open your eyes, heart and mind to reveal Himself to you daily. Actively reflect at the end of each day and perhaps jot down a few ways God provided for you.
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Enjoy the rest of your week!
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