The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.
John 3:8 NIV
A great travel game to play with kids is I Spy. You start by saying “I spy with my little eye…a red car.” Then the other person has to look around and find a red car. It helps you become more attentive to your surroundings and helps you to notice more in the world around you.
This past week I had someone approach me who said that they felt disconnected and distant from God. They wondered how they might feel closer to God. My suggestion, play some spiritual I Spy. Start and end each day saying I Spy God at work, and then think about where and how you saw God at work. Jesus reminds us in this passage that God is not just going to go walking by with a big “GOD” sign. Instead we can see the Spirit of God at work in and through people and circumstances all around us.
I tried doing this for a few days and realized how little I am on the look out for the Holy Spirit around me, and just how much God is at work had I been looking or paying attention. The best part of this is that when you notice God at work, it makes you more excited to keep looking and better at “finding” God all around.
Take it one step further though, and try this with someone else. Share with your spouse, or friends, or family members how you see God at work in the world around them. Encourage each other with how you have seen the Holy Spirit at work; you will be amazed at all the ways God is at work all around each day.
- Write down what you spy God doing in the next few days. What was it like to be on the look out for God all day?
- What is most exciting or challenging about seeing God work around you?