What Are You Looking For?

By Linda Gilden

“I love all who love me. Those who search will surely find me.” Proverbs 8:17 NIV

In her book One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp shares her thoughts as she washes dishes. At the end of her insightful description she says, “And I only notice because I am looking for it.”

What are you looking for as you walk through life? More specifically what things do you notice on your daily journey? I asked myself the same question.

Many things come to mind—success, comfort, a good meal, and more. But truly are the tangible things those that bring joy and happiness? If those are the things I look for in life, I am missing the best part.

Every day I want to see the faces of my family. In their hugs I feel the warmth of God’s embrace. In the smiles of my grandchildren I see God’s blessing and pleasure. I want to walk beside my husband and know that God created us for this life journey as one.

When a friend calls just to say, “Hi!” I realize my demeanor changes from weariness and complacency to excitement. I am reminded our friendship goes way back and I am thankful.

The beauty outside my window is breathtaking. Who else but God could have created a world full of so many colors, sounds, smells, and textures. The birds sing and play, and I know there is a Creator who cares for us.

Sitting at the edge of the ocean, something calms my spirit. I relax and marvel at the enormity of it all. Who could think this vast span of water just happened?

Pay close attention today and notice the God-glimpses around you.

Lord, Help us always to be on the lookout for glimpses of Your goodness and love.

Linda Gilden is a busy writer who tries to look for the important things each day. She loves to find God’s gifts hidden among worldly distractions. Linda is the mother of three children and three children-in-love and grandmother of six of the cutest children ever.  www.lindagilden.com.

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