What you are looking for you will find. What you are listening for you’ll hear.
All these people had two commonalities: not only did God meet them in ordinary moments, They all had pre-existing relationships with God. Be sure you are having every day encounters if you want everyday encounters.
2. Be Faithful in the Familiar.
It can be easier to be faithful in the storm than in the familiar. When the storm is raging, Jesus is often all we have to cling to. When everything is ok is when we slip in terms of faithfulness. The best way to be faithful in the familiar is to make faithfulness familiar. When you are faithful with little, the extraordinary comes.
3. Look for God in the Little Things.
God loves working in the little things. God working in the little things is one of the ways he shows intimacy. It is evidence that he is hands on, not just acutely aware.
As I’ve been mentoring Matthew Vetter, I gave him this advice to look for God in the little things. Here’s what he had to say about it:
“When I started looking for God in the little things it really changed my perspective. It helped me realize everything that I do can get someone closer to Jesus. It opened my eyes to the fact of how much God was using me, which helped with my confidence as well. It’s easy to see God in the big things, but if that’s all we ever see God in is the big things, we’ll continually need the big things to see God. I would need big things continually to build confidence which isn’t good. But when I started seeing God in the little things, the every day, it helped me build my faith and confidence in Him. I don’t need to be on a platform or say a powerful prayer in youth or whatever to have confidence. It’s seeing God move in a small conversation with a kid at youth or getting lunch with one of them to encourage them. Seeing God in the small things has helped me be able to spread Jesus so much more now to people in and outside of the Church, and helped me be a better leader and mentor.”
We expect a big God to move in big ways, but to God, the size of the move isn’t what’s important. Its the impact, the result. Most often, he slips things in that seem insignificant, but that mean everything.