I am currently enrolled in a photography class and the first lesson we had was on barriers to seeing which made me think of my blog which invites readers to see God in all things. Sometimes we do not “recognize the value of the familiar” as the author of a handout for the class suggests. Freeman Patterson writes about how we cannot always see past ourselves in shooting photographs. Our worries and our inadequacies catch up with us. Sometimes it is that we see too much and cannot focus on what is right in front of our eyes. We see the same things and in their ordinariness we actually do not see them.
The same is true for God. We do not always recognize God in the familiar because we seek the extravagant experience. To be content might be to relax in the routine. Appreciate the daily gifts that bombard our lives. Wonder at the smell of coffee in the morning or the sound of footsteps crunching on snow. Breathe deep and know that Life has filled your lungs. All is a miracle worth seeing. Do not be misled by the glamour of glitz. Be awed by the ordinary. See God there…and there….and over there. God is knocking at every door in every moment awaiting your response.