I’ve decided to start jotting down my moments with God. It’s something I should have done for a while now. Do you ever take the time to recognize his presence in your life? The people he is placing in your path? The doors he is opening for you?
It’s going to be like my “ah ha” book.
First, I intend to reflect on all of the times I know that God was with me. This includes the times he helped me and kept me from making a bad decision, saved me from harm, or even blessed me when I didn’t deserve it. Many of the times I have often overlooked and/or taken for granted.
Next, I am going to write down the doors of opportunity he has opened to me (whether I chose to walk through or not).
My overall all intention is to continue moving forward in life keeping up with writing down and reflecting on these moments on a daily/weekly basis. I will try to keep it current and write down moments that are present and ever changing with him. I am constantly asking God for more wisdom, focus, guidance and encouragement to let me know I am moving in the right direction and not just wasting my (his) time. I want to know that he is happy with the way I am living.
Here’s an example of a recent “ah ha” moment:
This past Saturday I ran into one of the ladies who signed up for my #100toFIT challenge in the grocery store. Let me highlight the fact that I never go to this particular grocery store because frankly it’s on the other side of town. On that particular morning, I decided to go the a Panera that was nearby the store and decided I would go pick up a few things since I would already be “in the area.” I never really have a problem with internet access at Panera, but for some reason that morning, it was “just not working,” so I decided to pack up early and head to the store (probably an hour or two before I had ever intended in the first place.) If you know me, you know that I am an introverted extrovert and often find myself wanting to revert to my comfort zone when seeing someone in public rather than being more so outgoing and saying hello. I have even recognized moments in the past where he placed someone in my path in which I knew he wanted me to talk to, but I did not take the opportunity to do so. This time, I was not going to let this happen. No, I did not win the lottery or get a new job just from speaking to this lady, but by saying hello, I received encouragement to “keep it up.” She even stated that she was trying to eat clean like me and that it was difficult. In return, I was able to return the encouragement to her that she “could do it.”
What I got in this moment was a small bit of reassurance; just enough to keep me motivated to continue on my journey.
That was God.
And the other day, I was feeling frustrated with work and life so I decided to take a break and burn off some stress at the gym. While on the bike, I talked to God and let him know that I trusted him to bring me through. When I returned from the gym, in my inbox was an email from someone random addressing an issue I had been pondering over for days / weeks now. It may not have been the answer to all my problems, but in that moment, it gave me hope. How often does that happen?
That was God.
And do you know where I am going to write down all of my “ah ha” moments? They will be placed in a journal that was given to me recently by a woman who was kind, caring and loving, but had no real relationship with God. A woman that I often interacted with, trying to live by example and prayed for on a regular basis. And do you know what was on the front of this journal she gave me?
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11
In fact, the journal was filled with other scriptures throughout. I was overwhelmed and grateful that “she” would buy “this” for me.
Now, THAT was God.
I could reflect on tons of other moments when I know the Holy Spirit was leading me and God was trying to speak to me through others and my environment. I challenge you to reflect on the moments you know that God was with you and keep track of them moving forward. It may just open your eyes to see him working in your life when you sometimes don’t even realize it.