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FAITH FOR TODAY: What do you see?

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By Jon Rohr

Sometimes I think I must be the least observant guy in America.  I recently gave a friend directions to our house, and when he arrived he said, “Why didn’t you just tell me to turn after the ‘Welcome to Taylorsville’ sign?”  There’s a sign?  How long has that been there?  My wife jumped in to agree that there is indeed a sign!  Naturally, the next time I drove in, there it was, big as life.  It’s actually a pretty nice sign; sorry I missed it all these years!

I know I have driven by that sign hundreds of times over the years, but it never registered.  Other things were on my mind and that particular sign did not jump out to grab my attention.  I guess I get too busy, too distracted, too wrapped up in my own thoughts.  Sometimes I don’t see things that are right in front of me.

But I am not the only one who misses things.  This morning I woke up to a beautifully perfect morning.  I saw it and gave thanks to God for His gift.  Sadly, many people don’t recognize that gift of God.  They are too preoccupied with the bills and the kids and the job.  But the Bible tells us that “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” Rom 1:20 (NIV).  The whole world tells of God’s glory.

God’s hand is evident all around us, but we miss it!  Today as you drove to work or to the grocery store you probably passed several churches, did you see them?  We live in troubling times and many of us are bearing heavy burdens.  We worry about the state of our nation, the state of our jobs, even about the state of our finances.  We get wrapped up in the everyday business of living and miss the everyday miracles of God.

Jesus once said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Mat 11:28 (NIV).  We are looking for direction and guidance in a world that seems to be coming unhinged, and every morning God declares His glory.  We seek out wisdom and all around us our Churches proclaiming the Word of God.  Yet somehow we miss those signposts.

Perhaps we need to turn in at the sign of the cross.  Maybe we need to pay more attention to the God who made the world and created us.  Maybe the answers we need and want are not so hard to find after all.  Maybe we just need to look to Jesus and turn in at the sign of the cross.