Let yourself become open to God and the knowledge that comes from the Word. Ask God for peace at this time.
Genesis 17:15-22 (NRSV)
God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.” Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said to himself, “Can a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Can Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” And Abraham said to God, “O that Ishmael might live in your sight!” God said, “No, but your wife Sarah shall bear you a son, and you shall name him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; I will bless him and make him fruitful and exceedingly numerous; he shall be the father of twelve princes, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this season next year.” And when he had finished talking with him, God went up from Abraham.
How we view the world matters. How we wake up and view the day ahead of us will greatly impact how our day goes. If we look at the day ahead as one we dread, then dread we will most likely find. If our outlook is cynical and pessimistic, people will get on our nerves. What if we awoke each morning as a child does on Christmas day, full of optimism and wonder?
Abraham laughed when God said that his wife would have a baby. Shouldn’t Abraham have expected the unexpected when it came to God? Are we any different?
God is not limited to showing up at special places, with special people, at special times. God shows up at everyday places, with everyday people, every day. Do we go through our everyday life looking for God, even in the places we don’t expect? Jesus tells us, “Look and you will find.” What we look for we tend to discover. May you look for, and find, God today.
God, open our eyes to see you today in every person and in every situation. Amen.
Go with God.