Often we have moments of profound spiritual beauty in our everyday lives however we let them pass by unnoticed or we are too focused on rushing on to our next task.
Reference: v.5 But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way. All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. (NIV Bible)
Explore: In the most recent recording of our ‘Foolishly Faithful’ podcast we were talking about ‘God in the Everyday’. There are often moments throughout the day that when you look back and see that there was a greater power at work in the situation. I think that often there are sacred moments that mean more than just the words being spoken: A conversation that keeps you thinking hours afterwards; a piece of creation that makes you catch your breath; an email that arrives with remarkably good timing. These are the sacred moments throughout the day that help us to be aware of God’s presense in our everyday.
As Paul was leaving Tyre the disciples and their families went down to the beach to wave Paul off. I wonder how many other people were around. Crew would have been setting up the boat Paul was set to sail but maybe along this dock there were many other boats, quite a bit of trade and others milling around. Regardless of what was happening around them, the disciples and their families gather around Paul and pray for him, right there on the beach. What a beautiful and profound moment as Paul continues his difficult journey.
Application: Often we have moments of profound spiritual beauty in our everyday lives however we let them pass by unnoticed or we are too focused on rushing on to our next task. We need to slow down to allow a sacred moment to refresh our souls and learn what God is doing in our lives. God can connect with us in our everyday, He doesn’t need a structured worship service to draw close to us. He is always close by, it’s just a matter of when we will finally stop and notice Him right by our side.
Prayer: Lord, you promise to be with us always and yet we are often too busy to notice you there. Thank you for being the whispered voice in my everyday. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.