Everywhere Holy by Kara Lawler

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading


“Mom, can you please pay attention?” 

How many times do others tell us to pay attention? It’s something we’ve heard from our teachers, our employers, our parents, our friends, and even our own children. I remember in high school and in college, during lectures, I’d draw or write in the margins of my notebook, sometimes zoning out completely in my own imaginary world of images and poems. 

When I was a little girl, I would say to my mom, “Mom, are you listening?” Despite her efforts, she wasn’t always. (Imagine!) Even now, there are days when my children are chattering on and I suddenly realize I can’t remember a single thing they’ve said. 

I think many of us can say this about whole days too; sometimes we don’t even remember what happened in the shuffle of life. But if we pay attention, we will notice signs of God at work right where we are. This also means listening to the earth as it speaks and to God as he works through it. 

We may find that coincidences are connected to bigger-picture messages and perhaps even lay out a path in front of us. The Spirit truly is on the move.