Slow down, pay attention, look a little closer

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “The awesome reality of the presence of God”
Our Bible verse for today: “… since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made. As a result, people are without excuse.” Romans 1:19-20 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Slow down, pay attention, look a little closer”
I’ve always loved the passage from the poem “Aurora Leigh” by the Christian writer and poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
“Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush afire with God,
But only he who sees takes off his shoes; the rest sit round and pluck blackberries.”
That takes us back to yesterday’s devotional about the fact that since God is everywhere all the time, and since we are therefore always in His presence, every place has the potential to be a sacred place where we can encounter Him. The problem is that we’re not aware of His presence because we’re not paying attention. That’s what Paul meant in Romans 1:19-20. There he reminds us that God does make us aware of His presence, even in the creation itself, but too often we don’t see Him because we’re not paying attention.
Is it possible that we have become spiritually dull? Maybe we’re so busy with other things, or so distracted by all the noise and activity we surround ourselves with, that spiritually we’ve become dull and superficial. In his great little book, “The Knowledge of the Holy” A.W. Tozer noted that in our day we Christians have become so busy and so distracted that the words “Be still and know that I am God” mean next to nothing to us. I believe he may be correct.
The point being made by Elizabeth Browning in her poem was the same one Paul was making in Romans 1:19-20, God is present, but we miss Him because we’re not looking for Him. I encourage all of us to slow down, pay attention, and look a little closer.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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