Part 5  Martha’s Prayer Cupboard  – Finding God Everywhere

Jesus had an amazing knack for spotting things
that the rest of us just didn’t see.
Sometimes, if I’m honest, it was like going for a walk with a child.
You know the sort of thing – they spot the caterpillar on the ground
two seconds before you would have trodden on it –
or stand and stare at the patterns in the clouds –
or insist on stopping to count the petals of a flower and
announcing that this one has a different number from the last one.
As if it mattered.

Well, that’s what I would have said
before Jesus started taking me on His little strolls.
He could stand in front of a field that was
in its fallow year and covered with weeds – and say that even Solomon
in all his glorious robes and crowns and what have you –
not even Solomon was as gloriously radiantly beautiful than this.

At first, I used to be a bit worried.
Well, grown men just don’t talk like that, do they?
But then, He’d catch my eye and see the expression on my face and
burst out laughing – which just made me even more confused and embarrassed.
Everything for Jesus was worth noticing.
He’d notice two sparrows squabbling for the same perch –
and watch one fall to the ground -and see a meaning in it.
He knew the signs to look for in the weather –
and used that to open people’s eyes to the signs of the times – as He said.

I’d always been too busy to notice before.
When you have a lot to do, little details just don’t seem important.
But Jesus taught me to see differently.
I can’t watch a mother hen gathering up her chicks without thinking of
Jesus using that as an image of God gathering up His children –
or sow seeds in the garden without trying to make doubly sure
they land on good soil.

I suppose in your day,
some of His images seem old-fashioned – a bit “country-lorish”.
But it’s a poor part of the world that doesn’t have a bit of nature in it….
And I’d wager that if Jesus strolled alongside you
on your way to the car – or the bus-stop – or the shops –
He’d be spotting things you missed -and spinning stories about them….
Maybe He is strolling beside you – and maybe you just have to learn to listen…

Drinking from the Wellspring

As you go about your daily routines, sometimes try to imagine Jesus walking alongside you and invite Him to point things out that you might otherwise have missed..  Allow any little thoughts – or insights to pop to mind and see whether, like Martha, Jesus is helping you to see things differently – not just in what you see – or hear – but in what it means…

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[This is one of a series of nine posts using one’s imagination to get inside a biblical character to make him or her come alive for listeners or readers.     Part 6 will be posted on Thursday.]

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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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2 Responses to Part 5  Martha’s Prayer Cupboard  – Finding God Everywhere

  1. So an amazing post that made a good point about, not just focusing in on details, but thinking of Jesus daily and applying His teachings and the Lord’s will in regular daily situations (which seems to be when we least think of God). It’s almost as though this post, which I know wasn’t hand-picked for me, gives a reply to my comment yesterday. It feels like the Lord’s guiding hand.

  2. By the by, I tried the suggestion at the bottom of the post and the events and thoughts are as follows. I was riding in the back with the baby, while Krissy drove us to Beckley. I looked at Gen and thought of how blessed we were, but then I thought to myself, “Well, that’s a normal thought for you so clearly you’re failing this exercise.” Then I looked outside at the 77 scenery looking for redemption with this activity and I found my moment. I saw the rolling mountains, the numerous trees, and realized “Wow, that’s a lot of trees.” That was honestly the first thing I felt Jesus (in that child-like way) would say, but then I thought, “Why would He say that? Surely, He created all the trees and shouldn’t be surprised.” But then I was quick to realize three points that I learned from a simple detail. The first was to appreciate the beauty in all things despite however familiar we already are with them. The second caveats the first by reminding me to seek surprise from old thing because we can always learn more. And the final point would be the lesson I unexpectantly drew from the familiar West Virginia view; Jesus was tempted in the wilderness (which I always picture as desert) so there was nothing out there for Him, but when we are tempted we are surrounded by plenty. The Lord doesn’t allow us to be tempted beyond our capacity to handle it, so if He can face such hard circumstances then certainly I can face the little temptations with so much plenty and support around me.

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