Discovering God

January 16, 2013

Today’s Reflection

MY HUSBAND and I gather with friends once a month for spiritual challenge and support, all of us sharing what we find helpful (or not) in our attempt to grow closer to God. One friend, retired pastor Wayne Anderson, told us of a practice he employs, which he calls “rummaging for God” in the events of the day. Each night as he lies in bed awaiting sleep, he sifts through the day’s encounters with people, the glimpess of nature, the work he has done. He tries to discover where God has shown through, where the Spirit’s action in events had gone unnoticed at the time. He says he usually finds so many that he falls aleep before he recalls them all! …

Looking for evidence of God’s activity in our lives has the power to transform our attitude from disappointment with self to ever-growing gratitude toward God, who is intimately involved with us. …

With this awareness of God’s activity will come a spirit of joyful anticipation and a sense of profound gratitude for all of life. Gratitude cannot help but flow into thankfulness and then into praise. Rummaging for God will emerge into a life lived to the praise of God’s glory.

- Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan
Pilgrimage into the Last Third of LIfe

From pages 50-51 of Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth by Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

End your day by “rummaging for God.” Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

How precious is your steadfast love, O God! All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
Pslam 36:7, NRSV

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Jill January 16, 2013 at 3:35 am

I am going to employ this “rummaging” when I have down (spare) moment during my day. I can see how this would be very beneficial.

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. Continue to beckon me to be likewise.

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robert moeller January 16, 2013 at 5:44 am

There are days when I do this although this term is new to me. I think I’d call it something different than rummaging. It is a positive experience most of the time.

Help us Lord to be your body and to reach out to those we have trouble dealing with. May we have your eyes and see them as you see them.
In your name I pray, Amen.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 16, 2013 at 5:50 am

Think for me, it is a time of reflection, self examination and confession. I think it takes discipline to do it every day.

Father God, grant us discipline to do this exercise daily and grant us a repentant heart.

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Betsy January 16, 2013 at 7:03 am

I love this idea of “Rummaging for God”. I often find myself looking for ways that God has been revealed to me in various daily activities, but never in a regular nightly pracitce. I will try this as a way to center myself at the end of the day.

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Erin Pascal January 17, 2013 at 3:18 am

Thank you for sharing such a wonderful idea. I have always been happy about the nightly devotionals we do at home. But I have been looking for new ways to strengthen my personal relationship with the Lord. I will certainly be rummaging for God starting tonight and in the nights to come.

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