Presence

Have you ever found yourself driving on autopilot? You reach home and realise that you can’t remember much of the drive you took to get there. Or you don’t notice significant changes on your street – the “for sale” sign that has gone up or the tree that has been cut down. Your mind was occupied on some other trail of thought. We can do the same with life – running on autopilot. Rising in the morning, doing chores, going about our day without really paying attention to what is going on around us. As a result we can even miss what God is doing in our lives.

Yet in our every day God is very much present. Renee Swope wrote recently “Evidence of God’s presence surrounds me. But I have to decide if I will look for, listen to: and notice Him.” If we want to see what God is doing in our lives – around our lives – we need to be attentive to what is going on around us. We need to be attentive to the whisper and gentle signs from God.

Once on an ordinary day Moses saw a burning bush. But more than he took time out from his job – tending the sheep – to look more closely at it. And that proved to be a game changer.

“So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight – why the bush does not burn up.” When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from with the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said “Here I am.” “ (Exodus 3:3-4)

Moses then went on to have a powerful encounter with God that not only changed his life but also the life of the Israelites. Moses’ encounter with God was precipitated by him pausing and intentionally taking a closer look. He took time from his day to stop and see.

In an ordinary day was an extraordinary encounter waiting for him to notice and see.

Take time in your day to pause, to ponder, to look and to see what God is doing.

“Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new. It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it? There it is!” (Isaiah 43:19)

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