One of my favorite songs is George Strait’s classic I Saw God Today. It speaks to me — warms my heart — and balances my perspective.
I’ve been to church
I’ve read the book
I know he’s here
But I don’t look
Near as often as I should
Yeah, I know I should
His fingerprints are everywhere
I just slowed down to stop and stare
Opened my eyes and man I swear
I saw God today
Late this fall, I struggled terribly to find balance in my life. There were so many requests — so many demands — so many responsibilities — that I became lost in a sea of chaos. I felt stripped of energy, tired of giving, and emptied out inside. When I looked about me, the world had lost it color just as I had lost my spark.
My equilibrium failed and I lost my natural tendency to:
- Look for God
- See the good
- Count my blessings
To recognize that just as I give, I must also receive — for if we fail to refuel our minds and our hearts, they run dry.
After my Turkey-Less Tetrazzini post in December, many of you reached out to me and shared similar struggles. It became quickly apparent that I was not alone in my battle to maintain balance.
I found comfort in that offer of comradery – thank you for that.
I spent the weeks following that post searching for an answer, a secret, to maintaining fitness amidst the endless tsunami of responsibilities. I think best while exercising, so as I traversed up and down the swimming pool, and pounded the pavement walking and running; I slowly realized where I had gone amiss.
I remembered the words of George Strait’s song, and made a new resolution:
No matter how hectic the day, I will pause to look for God.
- I will see him on my farm which will refuel my desire to CARE: for my animals, for my crew, and for those lives that I touch with the gift of food.
- I will see him in my home, in the eyes of my children, which will refuel my desire to SUSTAIN for the future that we will build together as a family.
- I will see him in my community, in my neighbor, which will refuel my desire to SHARE for I know that together we are stronger.
- I will see him in the natural beauty that creates the plains of Nebraska, which will refuel my desire to PERSEVERE – never faltering in my desire to pursue excellence amidst the awesomeness of Mother Nature.
At the end of each day, I will reflect on the times that I felt God’s presence – refueling for the next day – finding peace amongst the chaos of life.
Did you pause to see God today?