“Teach me to seek you, and reveal yourself to me as I seek, because I can neither seek you if you do not teach me how, nor find you unless you reveal yourself.”St Anselm
Where was God today? Did you feel His presence throughout your day? Did you recognize His subtleties?
When I was a child, my cousins and I made a new version of hide n seek. We would cover up the seeker in a sheet, turn the lights off and move the seeker to a location unknown to the seeker. The seeker would then have to count to allow everyone to hide before attempting to uncover and seek those hiding.
Luckily no one ever was hurt. In our childish minds, this was a twist to challenge the seeker in being able to find those who were hidden. Sometimes I feel I am playing this game with God. I’m challenged as the seeker. My faith may become blinded by all the things swarming in my daily life. In that blindness, I fail to recognize His presence. I stumble in the dark surrounding me, trying to tend to all the needs of my children, my job, my house. I fail to see that God is right there as I’m making breakfast, rushing out the door so my girls aren’t late for the bus, fumbling through my email for work or cleaning the laundry. When I’m called to make decisions or sit with my children or another in conversation, I don’t always look to God for guidance, searching for His presence and asking His advice.
Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:7-8 to “ask and it will be given,” to “seek and you will find,” to “knock and the door will be opened.” He assures us that “everyone who asks, receives, the one who seeks, finds and the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Why do we challenge ourselves as the seeker, when God tells us it’s as simple as a question, as opening our eyes, and as knocking? How much time is a simple prayer, a simple acknowledgement of His presence when we hop out of bed, before a task, before a conversation, before bed?
I challenge you to try and establish a new habit by taking one opportunity each day for a week and then two opportunities each day for a week until your day is full of opportunities of seeking and asking God to be present and guide you before your tasks and conversations. Maybe journal the results after a week. Ask yourself did the quality of my life improve, did my worries lesson, were my emotions more joyful?
Im sure the answer will be eye opening and the seeking will be less challenging.
Lord, teach me to seek You in all my daily tasks. Show me Your presence through the fruits of my asking and seeking so I may see Your graces guiding my daily tasks and Your love pouring out on those who surround me. Amen