I know best how God is working in my life by looking back. In the present moment, God’s guidance and actions may not be as clear as when I pause and look back. So at the end of every year, I take some time to re-read my journals, and I take note of any themes or directions.
At the beginning of last year’s journal, I jotted down some quotes from Isaiah and 1 Corinthians and then I wrote, “What if I lived every moment as a God moment? As if I was waiting for God to come to my door?”
As I read those words, I was actually waiting for some friends to come to brunch, sitting in anticipation of their knock at the door.
What if, I thought, I really lived in that kind of anticipation of God’s intervening in my life? If I knew with such certainty that God was about to show up? That God was about to knock on the door?
My word for this year is awareness and these questions seem to invite me to a deeper reflection on my relationship with God and my openness to God’s presence in my life.
- How aware am I of God’s presence in my everyday life?
- How attentive am I to God’s promptings?
- How often do I offer up prayers of thanksgiving or petition throughout the day?
I want to start this new year with my focus more firmly fixed on God and the way God calls me to live. I know that will mean some changes, and I pray for the grace to be attentive and the courage to act.