Reposted from Blessed is She

I see Him in the most unlikely of places now. He appears in my peripheral vision as I pray, when a bird appears suddenly on my windowsill. My heart stirs in an unusual way when I see the sunset and realize that He created the world with such intention. A smile comes to my mouth and my eyes when the clerk at the checkout line in the grocery store tells me to have a blessed day, and really seems to mean it.

Allowing more white space in my calendar invites stillness, which can be terrifying for many of us. It can be a bit uncomfortable starting the morning having so much unstructured time to fill as you look at all the blank space on the page. Many of us have too much on our plates and can’t begin to imagine what 30 minutes of quiet would be like, let alone eight hours. But, this is the place I found myself after moving to a new town once the children left for college.

God is Everywhere

Following our first move early in our marriage, I dug in my heels and allowed bitterness to burrow its way deeply into the crevices of my heart. A lot of statements with the word “never” played in a loop in my mind.

“I will never make friends.”

“This will never feel like home.”

“I will never like living here.”

Yet, God worked to slowly prove me wrong. I did make friends, our house became my home, and I cried and cried when I had to move again.

Are Our Eyes—and Schedules—Open?

What I discovered over the course of the next five moves is that God is present everywhere. We know this, and yet, how often do we live like we believe this truth?

I know a lot of us are busy by virtue of our vocations as mothers, wives, daughters, and friends. But, how many of our activities are crammed into the already-full planners entertaining us as we subtly move further and further away from recognizing God in our day-to-day lives?

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