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Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light for my path.
– Psalm 119:105
– Psalm 119:105
So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? “What can you do?…John 6:30
I remember taking the kids to the pool when they were little and a hundred times I would hear them yell, “Watch this Mom!” After watching a dozen times my “noticing” diminished sufficiently! There were times I wanted to say, “I’ll watch when you’ve got something good or new to show me!” Reading this passage from todays Gospel threw me back to those days at the pool.
Our world is so busy and fast paced we can become easily bored and complacent. We are constantly expecting the next thing to be a little fancier, bigger, more exciting or shinier. This passage from John’s Gospel serves as a stark reminder that we need to adjust our eyes and attitudes when it comes to the ways Jesus is working in our lives. The people demanded signs like Jesus was in a competition against Moses, but before I roll my eyes at them and scoff their behavior, I need to check myself. I need to sharpen my “noticing”. I need to ask myself daily, “What is Jesus doing in my life right now.” If the only things I notice are the giant, fancy things he does, I’m missing the root of it all. This Gospel reminds me that he does a hundred mighty things for me and my children every single day and I’m not paying attention because I’m stamping my feet waiting for him to dramatically end the woes of the world. I’m waiting to be “Wow’ed” and he’s waiting for me to notice I’m being “Woo’ed” by his love every day.
In a world that is spinning at the speed of sound, God is using this passage to remind us of the power and peace waiting for us in the simple, the plain, the still. Maybe this week instead of demanding the big stuff we can ask for eyes to see the little ways he fills our days with compassion, mercy and grace.
A Seed To Plant: What is the Lord doing in your life right now? Make a list of all the ways big and small he’s “wooing” you during this season of your life.
Blessings on your day!
Sheri's writing can also be found at Faith Catholic Publications and on CatholicMom.com