Keeping Your Eyes Open

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Life is never as easy as any of us would like it to be. There’s pain from broken relationships, medical issues and stressful workplace environments. There’s challenges that we didn’t want, and obstacles to overcome that seem ultimately impossible.

I’ve noticed in the last few years that when I encounter one of these situations, I tend to look for all the other negative stuff, and I tend to look less for where God is in the midst of my circumstances. I ask Him where He is, and I point all the blame in His direction, but I hardly ever really let myself stop and look for how He might be at work.

In the Psalms we learn God is everywhere at all times, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7-10) In the Old Testament, time and time again we see God providing for His people, parting of the Red Sea, manna falling from the sky, and so much more. Yet, we also see His people doubting Him, questioning His purposes, and even declaring that He has no love for His people.

When is the last time you stopped to see what God was up to around you? He is constantly doing something whether you are aware of it or not. He may not be doing extravagant miracles like making it rain bread, but He could be providing a job to get you through a tough time physically for you or a family member. You might end up leaving later from work, but you were able to avoid the car accident ahead. It could be something seemingly smaller, like He provides a window of rain-free weather for you to walk your dog.

Today’s challenge is to see where God is present today. Look for ways He is providing, for ways He is moving. Spend some time in Genesis reading of how He provided for His people even then.

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