I’m one of those people who “grew up in church.” I was four years old when my mother became a Christian. From an early age, I learned about worship, prayer, bible study and the growth that comes in having believing friends. In college, I learned about quiet times and retreats. As a young adult, I discovered fasting and contemplative practices like labyrinths and journaling.

All of these spiritual practices shared one thing in common- I set some time apart, went someplace special or quiet, and sought to meet God. I find that believers today are accustomed to leaving society to meet God: church on Sunday with those who believe like us, a quiet prayer time in a secluded corner of our homes, a small group that meets for coffee and Bible Study. To meet God, we carve out time, wake up early, close our doors.

The early believers counted on God to showing up in rough, lonely places among rough, lonely people. And they were never disappointed. Acts 14:16-17 says, “In the generations gone by God permitted all the nations to go their own ways; and yet God did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness (emphasis mine).”

In the past decades, I’ve learned that God also wants to meet me outside the Church! And this verse reminds me that God has left evidence everywhere: rain, a delicious meal, a day that brims with joy- all these, the Bible says, are witnesses to God right in the middle of everyday life.

This week, let’s open our eyes and hearts to chances to meet God throughout our days. Let’s train ourselves to see God in the everyday witnesses that God has left throughout the world. When we do, we’ll realize that everywhere we go, God has beaten us there.

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