“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4 ESV)

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Over my Shoulder

by Macy Johnson

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast,

because he trusts in you.”

(Isaiah 26:3 NIV)


My heavenly Father reveals Himself to me in the rising, morning sun. It peeks over my shoulder, watching me as I write love letters to God.


One late Saturday morning my husband, Jeff, and I were making beds and rearranging the furniture in the guest bedroom when suddenly, a little girl appeared in the doorway. The movement caught my eye and I glanced up to watch her turn and run. A look of perplexity toward my husband got a big grin in return. I jumped up off my knees and ran out the door to find our daughter holding her daughter. God was watching over my shoulder that morning, smiling bigger than my husband did.  


Many times God catches me off guard with His presence. I busy myself with mundane tasks like making beds or typing in computer files, when suddenly He touches me and asks, “Remember me?” I stop what I’m doing, close my eyes, and imagine myself in His presence.


“Be still, and know that I am God.”

(Psalm 46:10 NIV)


One of my favorite expressions from my granddaughter's lips is, “Nana’s not listening!” A similar phrase must have been drilled into her little brain many, many times for her to charge her grandmother with this offense.


Am I not listening, not paying attention to the only One with legitimate, eternal authority? He doesn’t always hit me over the head to get my attention, but sometimes gently appears in the sun, in nature, or in a visitor. He knows my mind is kept in perfect peace only in His presence.


I will be alert and look for God over my shoulder and in every direction. I hope you will, too!

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