Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Life List: Look For The Gift Of The Day

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Really?  A friend from the Chicago area, texted me after hearing we were having an historical snowfall. But. A light dusting of snow is not even close to what we've had in the past. Another friend, concerned for us, heard we were experiencing high winds. Well. I did see a reporter on the morning news holding a plastic bag to show the wind was not blowing it around.  What I do know is that it's raining--I can hear it and see it.  Apparently, there's a lack of correct information to what is our true reality. Before we begin to mock the weather reports, we need to be honest about our lack of attention to true reality.

The thing is . . . when we're unable to see true reality . . . we're blind to what's in front of us: the gift of the day.
Our personal reality is based on our own experience and perspective, which often creates obstacles to see the presence and work of God. Too often, we are focused on problems and people with stress and worry, which distorts our ability to see beyond ourselves and to be aware of God. We may know God is present but feel disconnected to His presence, overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed through the stuff which must be managed in the day. There's a difference between understanding God is with us and experiencing the presence of Christ in the moment: seeing Divine reality, hearing the Truth, receiving peace beyond comprehension, energized to live with passion and anticipation for what is to come.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1, NIV).

Seeing the reality of God is the ultimate gift of the day. When we see through faith, we see what 's true.
To refocus and see reality, we must take time to stop, to let go of the stuff which has our attention, asking God to give us the faith to see the reality of Christ.
Isaiah helps us to readjust our vision of reality asking the questions: Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable (Isaiah 40:28, NRS).

Isaiah helps us to evaluate the way we are seeing reality, if, we are certain of what is not seen with our physical eyes, but with eyes of faith to look for the gift of the day:

  1. Stop.
  2. Refocus, let go of the stuff that you've been so focused on, and view the world through faith asking the questions: Have I not known?  Have I not heard?  God is present.
  3. Intentionally become aware of the presence of God.
  4. See the gift of the day: The certain reality of God, who was the One present in the beginning, is present in the moment, and will always be present with unsearchable understanding of everything and anything.

Learning to Kickstart the day by looking for the gift of the day,
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Also see:
Faith Family Creativity:  Inspired