Signs of Life

37 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them. John 7: 37-38

From day one, He forged this reminder in us, in creation. We are given signs of His presence but lose sight of it in the rush of our days. We say “busy”, and get in the car and press the gas while we labor through the day. We say” tired”, and tuck the children in bed before we collapse into a heavy heap. We say “forsaken”, as we stare at the blue eyed screen that lights up the tragedies and heartbreak until all we see is this life is broken and worn.

Sometimes wearing His name will bring anger. “Where is your God when this happened?

I understand anguish. I’ve felt loss and anger and exhaustion so strong I’ve slapped myself to keep my eyes in the right direction, and yet I can’t help but see.

I see Him, this source of life, in the heartbeat of our land; a bird’s eye view gives us sight – the twists and turns of our waterways, one blue artery feeding the pathway of another, spreading throughout the country like our own collection of veins.100_2994

I see Him in the breath-giving trees, generous with shade and reflective of that river that flows through their verdant garments.

There are days that press in tight, sucking dry my energy, my creativity, the light. And I walk outside for some fresh air and His signs of life are nestled at my feet.

100_2996I see Him in the bloodshot eyes of a man in pain, shouting, “Where are you?” when The Lord is there all along, keeping company with him, mourning with the man in the blood rivers around his irises.

He surrounds us in grace. He shows us the road to Him, everyday, from the thump-thumps of our hearts to the flutter of a vein-winged butterfly.

I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:23

How do you see God day-to-day? Tell us in the comments.

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