2017: Page 263

One of the advantages of pursuing a lifestyle of prayer is that you become more aware of the continual presence of God in the midst of any and all circumstances.  Page 263 was a reminder of that truth as I set about taking care of my usual early morning tasks.  While I believe God has confirmed within me a life calling to preach and teach a lifestyle of prayer through the work of Impact Prayer Ministry, for now He has chosen to supply the needs of my family and prayer ministry through a staff position of maintenance director at a church.  With a preschool and K-8 school in the building, my weekday mornings usually consist of cleaning and daily prep of the building.  I write that as an introduction to my prayer and worship time this morning — you see, as I was cleaning toilets this morning, I was talking to God as I usually do and found myself singing the song which has the line, “Surely, the presence of the Lord is in this place.  I can feel His mighty power and His grace.”  In that moment, with toilet brush in hand, God quietly whispered, “You’re not alone.”  We talk, and I teach, a lot about God always being present, but I must admit that sometimes in the mundane tasks of life it is easy to forget that.  Because I practice a lifestyle of prayer, which includes praying as I clean, God was able to remind me of His presence in a time and place where it would be easy to not notice it.

As I took the trash out, a morning mist was rising off the grass and the sun was cresting the horizon and sparkling through the dew-covered trees.  I grabbed a camera and took a few photos as I rejoiced in the beauty of God’s presence.  Overall, it was a rather quiet day as I followed up on some maintenance issues and continued some work on the Growing Strong retreats and on a couple of sermons for October.  As I worked at my desk, out of the corner of my eye I noticed the movement of a bird.  By the time I got my camera out, I got one shot before she flew off to search for her meal in another location.  As I thought about the birds in the woodpecker family, I thought about all the times throughout my life when it’s felt like I’ve been banging my head against a wall — and here’s a family of birds that basically do just that as a way of God providing the food for them that they need.  I wonder if some of my “head banging” was God’s way of providing for me at the time.  I know that in the midst of those moments, I rarely have paid attention to what God was trying to do in the situation.

Before I headed home from work, another poem made its way out of my head and into my blog.  After wrapping up the workday I headed home for a late lunch, then spent some time relaxing and eventually took a short nap before sitting down to write today’s page.

As I reflect on the day, here are some thoughts/lessons that stand out to me:

  • God’s presence isn’t dependent on our recognizing it.
  • When we draw near to God, He draws near to us regardless of where we may be.
  • When you are confident of what God has called and equipped you to do, you will find a way to allow Him to accomplish that work through you.
  • If you find yourself someplace where you don’t feel you can worship, you may want to examine why.
  • Just because you have not yet reached the place in life where you want to be, it doesn’t mean that you’re not where you are supposed to be.  Life’s a journey.
  • God’s provision may not always look like you expect it to, but it is always for your good.
  • God expects us to share what He gives us.  If you’re not sharing, you probably shouldn’t expect to receive much.

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