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Looking for God

11 Mar Spiritual Formation | Comments Off on Looking for God
Looking for God
 

This was a big deal.

Nate and I were making the 45 minute drive for one reason only, we wanted to see a snowy owl in Pennsylvania. Seriously, this was historic! It’s not unusual for one or two snowy owls to stray into Pennsylvania each winter. But no one has ever seen anything like this. Birders were predicting this to be the biggest snowy owl invasion of our lifetime.

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Nate and I were excited for an encounter with this special bird. Within the first 10 minutes of our trip I noticed what appeared to be a red-tailed hawk perched in the top of a tree. That’s common for this area but this bird looked different. I quickly looked through my binoculars to get a better look. No, it wasn’t the snowy owl- they rest on the ground and not in trees. Even with the car still moving it was evident that this bird was a mature bald eagle. And, on the other side of the road in a tree much closer to us was a second bald eagle.

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What a great discovery! I felt like singing, “God Bless America!”

When we finally arrived in the general location of the snowy owl it was easy to spot in the middle of a field. Why? Because cars were parked along the road and groups of people with spotting scopes were lined up watching. The owl was drawing a big crowd of spectators. But, just a few miles back up the road, people were completely unaware they were driving right past a pair of majestic bald eagles.

The difference was one group was searching and looking with expectation. The other people were simply going about their business, focused on the next task, oblivious to the beautiful eagles.

My recent experience made me wonder, how many God sightings do I miss? On Sundays, during special conferences and at certain events I’m looking for God. Even more, I’m expecting God to show up in some fashion. And, often He does. But, what about in my everyday life? How often do I just drive right by where God is at work? How many times do I miss the beautiful things God is doing around me?

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Here are 3 tips for discovering God sightings:

  1. Slow down.
    When our schedule is crowded and we’re extremely busy we miss seeing God at work. We miss many details when we’re too busy. We need slow down and be in tune with what’s around us. God is there! Don’t be too busy to miss God.
  2. Intentionally look for God.
    We discover God sightings when we’re intentionally looking for them. We don’t have to be in church or in a Christian hotspot. As we go through our normal day we simply need to slow our pace and take the time to intentionally look for God. When we do we’re seldom disappointed.
  3. Count your blessings.
    If you need some help to see what God is doing, try counting your blessings. Like the old hymn says, “Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”

Life gains significance and meaning, for us and others, when we experience God sightings. Now, get out there and start looking and be sure to report your findings to others. Binoculars and spotting scopes not needed!

Jerry Higley
Executive Director at Lebanon Valley Youth For Christ
Jerry Higley is the Executive Director of Lebanon Valley Youth For Christ and an adjunct faculty member at LBC teaching Student Ministry courses at both the undergrad and graduate level. When he's not at work, he loves spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with his grandkids.