First Presbyterian Church

Surprised and Amazed by God

God’s grace and peace to you this day!

I have been trying to be more aware of God’s presence during this season of Lent. It is not easy to be task oriented and also to notice what is happening around you. As much as we want to be multi-tasking people, the truth is that we don’t multi-task really well.

I read a devotional from Henri Nouwen this week that said “discipline is the other side of discipleship”. The author went on to say that, “Discipline in the spiritual life is the concentrated effort to create the space and time where God can become our master and where we can respond freely to God’s guidance.” Finding space and time for God seems like an overwhelming task sometimes when we are in the midst of “ doing” so much, or so I thought. I had seemed to relegate God’s presence to my time alone with God, but God has shown up so much more in my relationships with others. It has been a welcomed surprise to be able to “respond freely to God’s guidance” in the midst of conversations I have had. It has been a welcomed surprise to have “God become my master” as I shared in a home visit or in a hospital room, in a meeting with colleagues, or in a shared meal with friends. It has been a welcomed surprise to think back on these occasions and know that all of that was “God space and time”. I still need some time alone with God but I am more and more energized as I recognize God’s presence in the moments of my days.

If you think back on your week, where might you sense that you have found “God space” or/and “God time”? Was it in time alone with God or was it in a time and place that you shared with another person or persons? Where is God’s presence and guidance a welcomed surprise in your life?

Sometimes I let the connotations of words bog me down — like “spiritual discipline”; that sounds so intense, so focused, so hard, so time consuming. God so wants to be a part of our everyday lives that God will make it easier than we think, if we just ask. My prayer is that God will surprise us all by helping us to recognize and “create the space and time where God can become our master and where we can respond freely to God’s guidance”. We can all be better disciples by noticing the small moments of God’s presence and guidance in each day of our lives.

Continually surprised and amazed by God!
Pastor Judy