I’ve gone for most of my life without seeing many (if any) clear, straight-up, physical, unquestionable, out-of-this-world miracles. I’ve often had to chalk up much of other people's supernatural stories as God at work in a different way in, through, and around them. But especially in my early days of wrestling with my faith, I found myself wondering often why God wouldn’t show up in similar ways for me.
It’s forced me to wonder if my perspective is off. Do I see things in a way that I’m missing the miracles in and around me each day? If God truly is at work in this world and I’m an ambassador of His Kingdom, I don’t want to miss Him.
It’s clear to see throughout the New Testament that we as believers have access and proximity to God’s power like never before. God used to be only present to the High Priest. But now, the Holy Spirit resides in each of us. Jesus was only able to be with certain people for certain amounts of time. But now, the Spirit is with us during all circumstances.
But is the extraordinary and divine limited to only “out-of-this-world” encounters? Would He possibly be able to (and want to) use the quieter, undetected stuff to leverage His power to create something in us?
If you can relate with me, I think God is using you already more than you think and that His power is really with you.
But how do you tap into “phenomenal cosmic power?” Maybe start simple. Maybe start small.
Lately God has been leading me to dwell in thankfulness.
Getting washed by thankfulness can change your perspective of just about everything in your life.
I’m guessing I don’t need to convince you that thankfulness is a fruit that pops up in our life from being with God. But just in case...
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” - Colossians 3:17
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God,” - Philippians 4:6
I really believe that to the level that we meditate and soak in thankfulness, we understand and see God’s active power in our lives. Look at how the opposite can be true:
“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” - Romans 1:21
Do you see that? These people knew God but didn’t honor Him or give thanks. And what was the result of this way of life? Their thinking was stifled. Their hearts were darkened.
Think about what thankfulness does: It forces us to think about what we have rather than what we wished we had. It forces us to remember that we don’t deserve whatever good things we have. It causes us to truly consider who’s provided the goodness in our lives.
If you find yourself wishing that you saw God more at work in your life, slow down and cultivate thankfulness in your life.
Take a few moments right now.
Try to stop yourself each hour throughout the day.
Get your journal out, and list every little thing that you’re thankful for.
As your thankfulness grows, focusing on what God is up to in your life is more natural. And He created us to see Him clearly. Slow down. It’s worth it.