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Something to think and pray about this week

I suspect that more often than I want to admit, I walk through my day too busy harrumphing about this and that, too careful of what I look at, to let myself be surprised by God in unexpected places.

Like the morning I put a cup of tea on the counter to steep and ran down to throw a load of wash in the dryer. Fifteen minutes later the tea was forgotten, oversteeped and bitter. I resigned myself to facing the morning traffic without caffeine. But when I went to fish my keys from the bin on the counter, there was a perfectly steaming cup of tea in a travel mug waiting for me. Made by a child who’d never tried to make tea before. I still delight in this small miracle of infused knowledge, seeing in my mind’s eye God standing at the kitchen door, an amused look on His face, holding out a cup of tea, handle first, as I dash by. “You want to try it; trust me.”

For all that I hope to seek and know “God in all things,” for all that I profess God immanent and invincible—the how of God’s revelation in my life continually surprises me with its gentle humor and unassuming immediacy. At every time and in every place, God will do anything to draw close to us.

By Michelle Francl-Donnay on dotMagis, the blog of