We’ve had a dog, Midnight, for nearly a year now. While I can’t say that I always enjoy taking her for a walk, lately it has been a delight. For me, these dog walks are a chance to just be and to pay attention. We walk the same path most of the time. I don’t listen to music and I try to not talk on the phone. Earlier this week I saw my first lightning bug (firefly) of the season – exclaiming “Oooh, a lightning bug!” out loud for no one except Midnight to hear. There are small moments of seeing God’s love and wonder in creation on those walks, as long as I remember to pause and be present where I am.

I have a similar joy on the days when I get to walk my girls to or from school. Today was one of those days and I told them how much I enjoyed a moment like that. We hold hands – a great gift to me as they get older – and they share with me about the day past or day to come. It is a simple act of being together, holding hands, and just being; yet I feel God’s love in those held hands.

In our busy, programmed, instant access, available-24-hours-a-day world, I think that it is more important than ever to remember and live into the wisdom of Psalm 46 verse 11 where God says, “Be still, then, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth.”

So tell me, how do you pause to catch a glimpse of God in our world?