In the stillness of the morning, I hear the birds chirping and see the sun peeking through my blinds. I rub my eyes and slowly awake from my slumber. I walk to the restroom and let the water warm as I begin to brush my teeth.
In my heart, I say a prayer, Lord, can I experience your presence in some way? I want to know you’re here with me.
It’s then that my eyes dart to the movement of flying birds singing a sweet melody. Before I let the moment sink in, I finish brushing my teeth, read my devotional and I’m out the door – then it hits me.
There are thousands of ways God reveals himself to us, yet we’re so busy, we miss it. We get distracted. We get sidetracked. Our focus shifts from one task to another. That’s exactly what happened to me that morning.
As I was driving on the highway I thought about how God had answered my prayer – but I was too busy to catch it – instead I let the moment slip away.
Those birds singing that sweet melody, I believe that was God revealing himself.
May we make it a point to look for His whispers in the wind.
From the birds chirping – He whispers to us, do you hear me?
From the sun rising – He asks us, do you see me?
From the softness of a rose petal – He questions, do you feel me?
Oh how I wish I could say every morning, every day and every night I take the time to hear, see and feel His presence, but I don’t.
We often pray for God to reveal himself to us in some way. We expect something big and profound to happen; however, I’ve begun to realize He is constantly showcasing His holy wonders in various ways, but we dismiss it.
What we hear is a bird that won’t keep quiet.
What we see is sun shining light that’s too bright.
What we feel is a rose petal withering away.
I pray we begin to look at His creation through a different lens, one that isn’t blinded by our own limited vision. May we experience His presence in ways we haven’t before.
We don’t have to look very far to feel how very near He is.
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” (Psalm, 139:7, ESV)
May you open my eyes to Your glorious wonders. Your presence is everywhere, help me not to dismiss it because it may not appear to me as You at first glance.
I ask this in your name, amen.
What ways do you believe God reveals himself to us?
What parts of His creation do you look at it and are immediately consumed by His presence?