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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Breakfast Epiphanies 2

Today I’m reading Proverbs 4:18 The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. (NIV) The ways of right-living people glow with light; the longer they live, the brighter they shine. (The Message)

I actually had an epiphany yesterday, not during breakfast but last night while walking my dog. Seems like that’s when I do my best thinking. A sudden insight! I had an idea about how to get out of my perpetual writer’s block on this novel that is in my head; and it just came to me spontaneously. I think that qualifies as an epiphany. It wasn’t directly about God or my spiritual life; but it was about the gifting God has given me and a passion that I believe God has given me that I can’t get out of my system. So, be prepared, some of you may be involved in this scheme. I will let you know how it works out!

Did you have any epiphanies yesterday? Any awareness of God in the ordinary?

I am liking this book by Jan Johnson “Enjoying the Presence of God” mainly because she writes like I do and quotes all the people that I quote. Brother Lawrence, Frank Laubach, John Baillie. So let me just quote her for today’s blog.

While it’s futile to strain to enjoy God’s presence, we must be intentional about it. As seekers, we become deliberate and aware. We pay attention to God’s unfolding presence in every situation: What is God saying? What is His will here?

Then without trying, a thought about how bright the sunshine is today becomes a smile of gratitude to God for creating such light.

This involves training the eye to see and trusting that it will find something to appreciate. The more we train ourselves to see, the more we see. In “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek” Annie Dillard wrote, “I have just learned to see praying mantis egg cases. Suddenly I see them everywhere.”

It’s the same in the spiritual life – we grow in our sense of God’s presence. We become attentive to how God works. Deliberately mentioning what we see to God helps us build these seeing skills. “Seeing is of course very much a matter of verbalization. Unless I call my attention to what passes before my eyes, I simply won’t see it.”

In this way we learn the art of attentiveness, of leaning into the situation or relationship with alert eyes.

So – eyes wide open, leaning in, attentive today to your life, to your life in Christ.


Today’s prayer: O God within me, give me grace today to recognize the stirrings of Thy Spirit within my soul and to listen most attentively to all that Thou hast to say to me. Let not the noises of the world ever so confuse me that I cannot hear Thee speak. Amen. (John Baillee)


  1. I hope it includes fish eyes!

  2. Yesterday I really tried to look for God in small things. The night before I had yet another dinner struggle with my 3 yr old to eat. It's a constant battle. Yesterday my son ate 3 helpings of Mac& Cheese and just kept asking for more. It might seem ordinary but to me this was Gods hand in smoothing out my frustration from the night before. Then my 3 month old slept through the night last night! Praise god for the small triumphs that help me be a better mom.

  3. Kate - can't wait to tell Jack MORE gross stories!