Each time I contemplate a topic for this post, I ask myself: “Where is God in all this?” Then I read the news, comic strips, Facebook posts, the weather, … I take our dog for a walk and consider the stars, the grass, and everything in between. Always asking: “Where is God in all this?”
This practice has started change my prayers. Instead of listing concerns, I have begun listing where God has begun providing answers. Instead of a concern about a particular disease, I have a praise for medical technology through which God is providing healing. Instead of grief of someone’s passing, praise that pain and suffering are past and entrance into God’s presence. Instead of distress about those who are hungry or homelessness, praise for those who provide food and shelter.
My Navy experience taught me that providing a list of places to avoid made people dangerously curious. Now I wonder if a list of sailor friendly establishments, might have drastically reduced problems.
Similarly, when driving focusing on the lines separating lanes leads to drifting from one side of the lane to the other. But by focusing on the center of the lane, on a spot where I want my car to go, yields a straight and smooth ride.
By asking, “Where is God in all this?” I tend to look further in to the future recognizing where God is preparing the way for me.
From now on, brothers and sisters,
if anything is excellent and if anything is admirable,
focus your thoughts on these things:
all that is true, all that is holy, all that is just, all that is pure,
all that is lovely, and all that is worthy of praise.
– Philippians 4:8 (CEB)