I saw God today. I saw him yesterday,
too. In fact, I see him almost
Now, before you stop reading
because you think Iím crazy, let me
explain. Itís not actually God that Iím
seeing, but rather everyday examples
Iím not exactly sure when it was that
I first started noticing these everyday
miraclesómaybe it was when I had my
first childóbut now that I do, I see them
everywhere. And theyíre not always
as groundbreaking as the births of my
children. Sometimes theyíre as common
as hearing my one-year-old daughter,
Riley, say a new word or watching my
older daughter, Maddie, learn to read.
The other night it was when I sat and
watched my kids sleeping.
But itís not always positive and happy.
Sometimes the messages I find can be a
real wake-up call. One morning after I
lost my temper with my kids, I was sitting in traffic in front of the local grade
school. I looked up and saw the sign in
front of the school bearing the message,
ďUse self-control.Ē Point taken.
Where Faith Comes In
I like to think that Iím not the only person
who has these brief encounters
with God. After all, God came to Moses
in a burning bush. And donít we all
have an encounter with Jesus each time
we receive Communion? So maybe itís
just that weíre not looking hard
Thatís where our faith comes in. We
know that God is always there for usóour Catholic faith teaches us that. But,
unfortunately, we donít always execute
that very well. Our faith is very much
a living, breathing and changing thing.
God is there; itís up to us to keep looking
for ways God shows up in our lives.
Searching for God
Here are some suggestions to help in
the search for God in your everyday
Stop and look around. Take five
minutes out of your busy day and look
for God. You might be surprised at all
the things youíll noticeóand in a new
As I said before, I pass a grade school
every day on my way to work. Since I
connected with that one message on its
board out front, I now find myself reading
and reflecting on the weekly message
regularly. Iím also paying more
attention to signs in front of the various
churches in our area.
Talk to your kids. Ask them to
tell you how they think God looks.
You might get some interesting replies.
Share your mental images of God with
Tune in. One of my familyís favorite
shows is Extreme Makeover: Home
Edition. We watch it for a number of
reasonsóto be inspired, put our own
lives in perspective and celebrate the
generosity of others. Take some time to
look for examples of God working
through others. They could be on TV,
in a magazine or newspaper article, in
a newsletter you receive or your church
bulletin. Be inspired by them.
For those stories that are not as
uplifting, reflect and know that God is
still with those who are suffering.
Be open. As adults, we tend to
think we have a lot of the answers. Try
to be open to new things or perspectives.
Embrace mysteries. Pray, meditate
or just sit quietly. Seek out insight from
someone you would not normally turn
to, such as your kids. Itís in those
moments of letting go and opening up
that you just might see God.