My friend Charlotte recently encouraged me to “find eternity in all the details.” As I sit here in my hotel room in Mexico, I find myself remembering her words. Today began a bit frustratingly as my baby girl, who is now finally napping, has been fussy most of the morning. Out my balcony window I can see all the people enjoying the sun, pools, the beautiful beach, and refreshing beverages. I sit in my room pouting, begging God for mercy as my little girl cries. “I just want to go to the beach!” rings my pathetic plea.
And then I realize- God is in this moment. He is here in this room, he knows Josey needs a nap, and he knows that I want to enjoy this vacation. I have to stop and ask myself, “Okay, God, what are you doing right now?” Here I am, miles away from the stress of home and I’m wasting this moment by being mad. Every second of every day there is an opportunity to find God. I’m reminded of the words of Psalm 139 that David penned so beautifully:
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? (vs. 7)
He is near to me. Does He want me to swim, relax, and have my fruity drink? Totally. He is a loving, happy, and giving Father. But he also wants me to find him in all the details. He’s always around, but much of the time I’m just not looking.