In recent months, I have started a new job that requires me to wake up at 5:45 a.m. Prior to this new endeavor, I thought 5:45 only came once a day...at dinner time! The early mornings have been a struggle for me for sure. In fact, I used to struggle just getting any food down in my system at such an hour for breakfast, because my body's natural rhythms were not designed for my new schedule.
Over time, it has gotten a little bit easier, and I have found something to make the moment feel radically different. I opened up the curtains. As I stood in my kitchen one morning eating my breakfast, I was thinking about a way to bring more appreciation and gratitude to the moment. I decided to pull back the curtains on the window over our sink. The sun was just coming up and right there in front of me were streaks of pinks, purples, oranges, and blue. It was as if God had painted me a masterpiece for the day. It was a reminder that whatever lies ahead, God is in it working, moving, creating, and God is beautiful!
How often do we go about our day forgetting to pull back the curtains? Maybe, it is in the mundane, the stressful, the overwhelm, or the ordinary. We forget to let God in. We forget to look for the ways that God is a part of every moment of every single day. We forget that God is working and moving in our midst, utilizing us as parts of God's perfect plan and God's big story and purpose for the world.
No matter what is on your schedule this week, make sure you take a moment to pull the curtain back. Gaze around you with an attitude of expectancy. Prepare a space in your heart and mind to see where and how God is working, moving, and creating in every single little moment. I promise you the Lord is there, and when you look closely, you will find beauty even in the mess.
"A voice cries out; 'In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.'" Isaiah 40:3