Friday, March 9, 2012

Hearts to SEE

There are two blogs that I love to read,    and .  But sometimes when I read them, instead of feeling encouraged I feel condemned.  Ann Voskamp sees God EVERYWHERE--in a flower, in her sink, and even in her socks.  I never think to look for Him in those places. And Katie Davis sees God as she bandages wounds, cares for orphans, and shares her guest room with the homeless.  What have I done today?  Sigh.
Yesterday I read that after Jesus fed the 5,000, the disciples "still didn't understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves.  Their hearts were too hard to take it in." (Mark 6:52)  Maybe that's my problem.  Maybe my heart is too hard to "take in" what God is doing around me.  "Jesus asked them, ' do you still not see or understand?  Are your hearts hardened?  Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear?'" (Mark 8:17) Ann and Katie have eyes to see and ears to hear.  They are not super-women, but their hearts are not too hard to SEE a super-God.  Sometimes I SEE, but most of the time I am distracted by the cares of this world and all I can see are the dirty socks on the floor and the yard full of weeds.  How can I maintain my heart of flesh and keep it from becoming a heart of stone?  How can I SEE God in the details around me?
I may never write a book or meet Kathie Lee Gifford like Ann.  I may never adopt 13 orphans or live in Uganda like Katie.  But God is not just in Africa or on a corn farm or wherever other people SEE Him.  He is where I am.  He is where you are.
Slow down.
Look for Him.
Give thanks.


Jennifer said...

I love reading Katie's blog. Have you read her book?? SO good! You're right - sometimes I feel so average when I read about all Katie is doing. But God has amazing assignments for me right here in OKC. I just have to have eyes to see and a heart willing to be obiedient to where He calls me.

Lauren said...

So good!!! I know what you mean about them.. I read Ann's blog almost every day.
I want to see, too!!! :) sent this post to some friends:)