Whether I’m in a dry season of my faith or just want to take some time to deepen my connection with the Lord, I love to reflect on ways that I see God in my daily life. Not only does this simple practice produce a spirit of thankfulness, peace and joy in me, but it also motivates me to continue living my life for the Lord.
Here are four ways that I see God in my daily life:
- The sunrise: My days begin pretty early when I have swim practice. By the time the sun finally rises my team is usually nearing the end of our morning workout. But, no matter how hectic the previous hours have been and no matter how successfully or unsuccessfully we’ve done what our coaches have asked of us, the sun always rises. It is such a peaceful thing for me to see every morning. The sun slowly climbing up into the sky surrounded by wispy pink clouds reminds me that God is always there.
- My friends and family: The love and constancy that I receive from my family and friends remind me over and over again of the faithful love of Christ. Not only did He intentionally bring each of them into my life, but He also uses them to make me laugh, to make me feel listened to, cared for, and to encourage me. The more I recognize God through the daily interactions I have with my family and friends, the more thankful I am that God uses humans to steward His love.
- Praying before meals: Taking the time to pray and give thanks to God before I eat is so easy to forget and take for granted. But, I’ve learned to view my body’s hunger and need for food as a built-in reminder that I need God. As I’m brought back to the table every day, I am also brought back to dependence on God and presented with the opportunity to praise Him for his provision in my life.
- Going to bed every night: Each night as I crawl into bed, I find myself sighing, taking a deep breath and thinking, “I made it.” Another day of impossible tasks and surmounting stress has come to pass and I’m still here, I’m still alive, and the world hasn’t ended—no matter how much it felt like it was going to. The ability to go to bed, to sleep safely and soundly every night, is such a privilege. It is tangible proof of the Lord’s protection and mercy.
It’s crazy how the simplest and most mundane parts of life still have the power to reveal God’s mercy. The more I think about life, the more thankful I am that God isn’t only present in the marvelous and grand moments of life—He’s there in the littlest and the plainest parts too.
This week, try to take a closer look at the simple things in life and see if you notice God in a new way.