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Day 39 – Issue 17

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Be Still Know

Ecclesiastes 1:8b,c NLT

‘No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.’

Following yesterday’s reflection about how life can become wearisome, today we consider that how I choose to see something determines its impact upon me. So Katey as the spasticity of the MS twisted her body out of shape was only ever Katey to me. I noted the loss of mobility and control, that her body was doing its own thing in league with the disease; however, I forever saw through that to my bride, the woman I knew and who I loved. That’s all I had eyes for.

When we begin to look for God in the tedium that makes up so much of life, we need to train our eyes to look beyond the obvious and the immediate to God’s beauty behind. Jesus reminds us of the need to develop seeing eyes and listening ears. Today, where so much is presented to us on a plate with an obvious allure intended to draw us in, God disguises himself and invites us to seek him out. God wants to discover the resolve within my heart and my willingness to lay aside my own convenience in preference to finding his love.

This is not a style a society built upon convenience readily accepts. Even my journey into God’s life is a very simple contractual affair; I’m convicted, I repent, I’m accepted. I knew little of this God I’d chosen to follow, and God waited to discover the depth of my commitment. In my early days, my eyes darted here and there and my attention was frequently and easily drawn from God.

However, I soon discovered that what had appeared choices for hope and happiness actually failed to satisfy me. Life was more complex, less subject to my own control than I’d imagined. It is as I slowly develop eyes and ears to seek and to listen that I find something of the divine in the meanest of circumstances and the most disappointing of outcomes.

QUESTION: Are you able to find God in the everyday stuff of life?

PRAYER: Father, you are Lord of my whole life, so everything can be put into your service. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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