By Hannah Lautner
Why do I ignore God? All throughout my life I have been aware that God is up there watching, listening, waiting, and loving on me. Admittedly, it’s often easier for me to acknowledge His presence in the hard times: when my brother was diagnosed with cancer, when I moved for the fifth time, when my best friend found out she had a brain tumor, when I was in a car accident that threatened my life.
But the thing is, the hard times often aren’t constant; they are just seasons. And it’s without question that the hard times put the magnifying glass on God’s presence in our lives. But isn’t God just as actively and powerfully at work in the simple and routine? God miraculously healed my brother from cancer (and that’s amazing), but He also provides ‘little’ miracles in the ordinary and every day. He never stops working. It isn’t like God takes a nap and forgets about life for His children on Earth. He doesn’t take breaks. He extends this crazy type of unconditional love that is difficult to wrap my head around. But how can someone care so much that he literally never stops watching for even a minute, even a second? Lately I have realized that God is so much more prevalent in my everyday life than I dare to acknowledge.
But how should I respond to such overwhelming love? How do I apply this concept to my life? How can I approach Him even though He knows every little time that I have strayed from Him? How can I open my heart fully to Him when life gets so busy with stuff that distracts me from him? Easy 🙂 (haha, right…), God invites the same amount of intentionality as any earthly relationship in order to prosper. He delights in our effort, love, and time just like anyone else. Oftentimes, if we’re honest, these are the resources of our lives that are the hardest to give up! And guess what?! God knows that! He is perfect and patient because He knows that we are imperfect and will mess up and will forget to give Him even an undivided ten minutes of our day. Regardless of what we – unintentionally or intentionally – do, He is still there. He is always there; patiently blessing us with the small things day by day and working through an immeasurable amount of miniscule ways to invite us to Himself.
So as I look ahead to my last semester here on campus, I pray that I would have the eyes to see just how much Christ is working in me in the daily, miniscule, rhythms of the everyday. And who knows, maybe our whole campus community could join together to look for God in the small things too. We’re never ignored.