Finding God in the Mundane
Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? (Psalm 139:7)
In the mid-1990’s, I had the opportunity to visit Israel twice. They were special opportunities. It gave me the ability to visualize the Biblical accounts. But, if you asked me, were these two of the most spiritual moments in my life, I would have to say, “no.” Personally, I haven’t found the supposedly big moments to be the most transformative moments in my life. For me, the regular routines, the mundane moments, have been the most spiritually impactful in my life.
In the big moments, it is all about me. When we take a trip, or even time off, the attention is on me. I get to do what, when I want to do it. I am focused on my own interests and my own entertainment. I’ve found, at least in my life, that God tends to use me more when I am not the focus.
A morning prayer, a prayerful bike ride in the woods, or even more, the opportunity to help someone, is the moment when God seems to feel most present in my life. This doesn’t make for an exciting devotional. But it does make for an exciting life. If I have to wait for a trip around the world to find God, I spend the vast majority of my life, waiting. If God is most imminent in the mundane moments, then God is just around the next corner. Every second is exciting, never knowing when the next epiphany will be experienced.
Today, prayerfully reflect on the moments in your life when, and where, God felt present to you. Don’t just let the memory slide through your mind. Reflect on it in detail. Remember where you were, and what you were doing when you felt God’s presence. Who else was with you? Did you do anything, or need anything? The more of these specific memories you can reflect on, and even journal, the more you will know how to experience God’s presence in the future. I am willing to bet there are more mundane moments of spiritual enlightenment, than in huge vacations.