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It’s easy to see God moving in mountain top moments, but how often are you feeling and seeking His presence in the mundane?
Life isn’t always mountain tops and striking viewpoints. Oftentimes it’s work, school, or routines that don’t fulfill us. It can be so draining to go through the motions and endure periods of time where God isn’t audibly or visibly present.
God is in the day-to-day activities. He is constant through every routine and mundane day. Everyone’s life is different, and everyone interacts with Jesus in their own ways! So for this article, I asked college-aged/millennial women where they see God in their day-to-day lives. Here is what they said:
“I wake up one morning every week and watch the sunrise. I think that’s when I see Him most, even though it’s something so simple that happens every day. I think it’s so cool how He gives us each a new day with a new start and just watching it with Him helps me embrace that for the rest of the week when I’m doing other things.” – Taylor Madsen, 21
“I think the most important is letting God INTO the mundane for me!! It’s surprising how obviously God works when you’re used to a routine, it will stick out! When I used to walk down the Ave I told God that if a homeless man asked for my takeout food I would say yes and ask if I could pray for them! Or I ask Him what he has to say about anything I’m just mulling over in my head.” – Katie Yang, 20
“There are days when all I feel like doing is throwing in the towel or when the thought comes into my head that all of this work isn’t worth it anymore. Jesus shows up to me through an encouraging text from a friend, a DM from a person inside the Salt community sharing the ministries impact on their life, or a random phone call from a family member wanting to check up. I used to just see those are ‘random coincidences’ and now I see them as the means to which Jesus is reaching out and giving me His hand.” – Krista Hengesh, 24
“I do a lot of walking; walking to and from bus-stops, to classes, and to work. It is so easy to get bored and choose to pass the time with music, but I never feel like I’m filling myself up with Jesus when I do that. Instead, I choose to make note of every face I see and when I see them I send a prayer of warmth and peace to them. I try to make eye-contact with them and smile as I mentally wish them well. If I’m walking somewhere where there aren’t many people I look at the scenery and thank God for the views He has given me. I try not to live on auto-pilot during the mundane, but to be present in every moment the Lord gifts me.” – Brianna Collins, 20
“In the small moments. Because sometimes all you can do is live moment-to-moment and that is all God asks of me. To live moment-to-moment, trusting Him. So, I see Him in notes left on my desk, in no traffic, in restless nights spent in His soft presence, in sunrises, in intimate and intentional conversations. Sometimes these everyday encounters are so much more fun than mountaintop experiences because it shows that I have a Father who walks alongside me in every moment. I have a Father who cares about ‘when I sit down and when I rise up’ (Psalm 139:2). A Father who not only is alongside me and in the mundane but created the mundane.” – Sydney Morris, 20
“Every day on my commute to work I listen to a sermon and then try to apply what I heard throughout the workday. On my way home, I reflect on what I learned and how I can continue to live more like Jesus. There is such a noticeable change in my own behavior when I turn to the Lord first thing in the morning and let His word guide my day.” – Julia Clark, 20
“In my day-to-day, I can feel God’s presence in little things that happen that can’t possibly be coincidental. How closely a sermon and benediction match to something that has happened either the days right before or right after the service that shows me God’s presence in my life and helps me try and live my every day led by Him!” – Maxey Cherel, 20
“When my headaches from over-stimulation and attempts to form tasks, complete them, socialize, create, and remain mentally healthy, I feel easily removed from the divine. However, lately, I’m inspired by the notion that attributes “all that is good” to God. Off the top of my head, I recognize the undeniable goodness in my sister’s embrace, lavender essential oil, and the ability to read books that give me joy in knowledge. When I remember all that is good, I can connect with the existence of an abounding love known to be God.” – Devon Fleming, 20
“God shows up to me ALL THE TIME in random moments! There are times where everyone is very stressed about a test and I’ll have so much peace that it will all be okay! If I work hard I know that God’s plan will go the way it should. Sometimes after losing people that were once important to me, I realize how toxic they were and how much happier I am; like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I love seeing God work through people! Treating people with the love of Christ (or trying to) can bring out so much love and joy. Friendship is the best thing ever and watching people experience God or even just experiencing the joys of life with a good friend are always God sightings to me.” – Clara Lincicome, 17
“I see God in my day-to-day friendships and conversations. When a friend speaks kindness into my life I see it as Jesus using them to encourage and show me His love. And when friends come to me for help, I see it as God calling me to be His hands and feet and show others love. Even if it’s just chatting, I’ve been trying to invite Jesus into all my conversations and I really do see the difference.” – Mia Leoncavallo, 19
“When I start my day by asking God to highlight people in my life who He wants to speak to through me, I’m always shocked by the conversations He will randomly bring up in my day-to-day life. This is a new thing I’ve been trying to practice, but every time I open up my heart to that at the start of the day, I see God’s spirit moving in radical ways. Whether that be a friend asking me a theological question that they don’t normally open up about, or a conversation with a stranger leading to a divine appointment, opening my heart up to God’s will at the start of the day takes away the mundane of my day-to-day life.” – Dominique Genevieve, 21
“I feel like my days are so full that I just try talking to God throughout the day. I try to include Him in everything that I do and asking questions ASAP instead of waiting to pray before I go to bed.” – Tayler Sayers-Howie, 20
“Something I do is a have a note in my phone that I’ve been doing for over a year now entitled “What’s the Lord going to show me today?” This has made all the difference in my everyday life. Whether I have a good day or a bad day, it makes me pay attention to the smaller moments and seek the Lord in them. So when I do have a bad day or the best day of my life, I think back on my day before bed and seek out a moment where I saw God (i.e. a sunrise, an article read, a walk I took, a conversation I had, etc.) I also think doing this has made me be more intentional daily as I seek out to learn and experience something fun/hard/new/etc. in His Kingdom.” – Izzy Knox, 21
Seeing God in regular life looks different for each person. My prayer is that you gained some inspiration from these wise women who are seeking God ferociously or you’ve noticed new ways to invite God into every space of your life. Remember that above all, God is always with you; you just have to let Him in.
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