by Evelyn Horan
How do I know God is a part of my daily life? Every time I begin to think God is too busy in His Heaven to remember my needs and wishes that might seem trivial, I try looking for Him in my routine activities.
I remember one busy morning I had to shop in a short time. I needed an indoor basket plant for my friend, Helen, whose birthday party was in a few days. I wanted her to have a dish garden plant to put in her room. Knowing that florists expect a “good price” for the sort of dish garden I wanted, I thought of a large discount store outside my neighborhood.
But I don’t enjoy visiting this store because it’s always crowded. Still, I felt an inner urge to shop for other items there as well. Just as I expected, when I arrived, the store was filled with shoppers.
Then I prayed, “Dear God, please help me find a lovely floral arrangement for Helen.”
Inside the store, with shopping list in hand, I came upon a temporary table of assorted, dish garden plants. I couldn’t believe it! They were exactly the kind I wanted, but much more beautiful than I’d even imagined.
“I must have one of those basket plants,” I told myself. I knew Helen would enjoy the plants. Cautiously, I read the sign and then looked again. It was true, these large, healthy dish gardens were moderately priced.
“Thank you, God,” I whispered.
Then further down, on the right, there was a display table of children’s books. As I browsed through them, I found a beautiful picture book showing the life of Jesus. It too was moderately priced. The book would be the perfect gift for my young sister, Emily, who had been wanting a book about Jesus.
“Thank you, God, for sending me here,” I murmured happily, reaching for the picture book. Through my prayers, God had helped me find the things I needed today.
At home, relaxing after shopping, I thought about my morning. And I had to remind myself once again–when I take the time to look for Him, it’s easy to find God doing wonderfully, unexpected things in my ordinary life. I just have to stay alert and recognize them.
When I do, I find the reassurance that these little “special favors” are God’s way of showing me that I am not alone to meet the challenges in my life. They reveal that God is here with me, helping me, and smoothing out my way in my day to day needs.
Isn’t it wonderful how God makes His presence known to us in ordinary ways all the time! What a joy to know God is here in our lives, helping us, and blessing us every day with His faithful love.