How to Expect and Watch for the Divine

How to Expect and Watch for the Divine, Photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash

How to Expect and Watch for the Divine, Photo by Jason Blackeye on UnsplashExpect?

Yes, I expect from many sources. I hold expectations in my marriage. Or, for dreams to exceed my expectations. For employers to love my skills. And for readers to relate to my writing.

Perhaps you expect in your life too.

However, I confess that believing for the divine to occur every day is not easy for me.

Because the concept is hard for humans to wrap our heads around. You see, we live and operate in the flesh, in the natural world. Supernatural stuff only seems right for the movies or a book…or for heaven.

But what if divine, God-things are meant for us here on this earth? And what if the Lord intended for us to look for displays of His works in our day-to-day routine?

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Psalm 105 in The Message describes it:

Hallelujah! Thank God! Pray to him by name! Tell everyone you meet what he has done! Sing him songs, belt out hymns, translate his wonders into music! Honor his holy name with Hallelujahs, you who seek God. Live a happy life! Keep your eyes open for God, watch for his works; be alert for signs of his presence. Remember the world of wonders he has made, his miracles…(Verses 1-6a).

Maybe we tell others of all the great things God has done for us. And we praise the Lord for every deed or blessing from His hand.

Yet, don’t miss the second vital part. The divine happens today and continues into tomorrow and the next day and the next.

This passage gives us 3 ways to expect and watch for the divine in our life.

1) Expect by keeping our eyes open for God. 

Not wishing to see what lied ahead, I kept my eyes closed. College friends talked me into riding a roller coaster at Disneyland. Let me be clear. I’m fearful of heights, and not a fan of going upside down or dropping off steep inclines.

Life causes twists and turns, flips our world upside down or drops us from a steep incline. Still, God is with us through it all, always along for the ride. He holds onto us as He accomplishes His purposes in everything.

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2) Expect by watching for God’s works. 

How to Expect and Watch for the DivineA few weeks ago, my husband and I picked up our grandson, Foster, to spend the night. Our daughter sent us this picture of him watching for us to arrive.

Waiting, he probably anticipated what adventures were ahead at Mimi and Pop Pop’s house. Regular adventures like walks to see the cows nearby. And the new activities at each visit.

Do we watch for God to arrive at just the right moment? Or, anticipate what adventures lie ahead with our heavenly Father? Do we believe and watch for the Lord’s activity in our life?

3) Expect by staying alert for signs of God’s presence.

The shrill beeping from my iPhone startled me in the middle of the night. A flash-flood alert. (Alert: “quick to see, understand,” Cambridge English Dictionary).

Are we missing alerts from heaven? Or, are we quick to see and understand God’s presence among us?

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God provides signs of how He performed a supernatural act, sent us on a divine appointment, scheduled a soul-encounter or protected us from harm with His angels.

These are God-things for us and our loved ones. But also the small, yet, still miraculous things happening daily. Things we’re often unaware of and point directly back to God. There’s simply no other explanation.

Expect to access the divine:

  • Because of Jesus.
  • Because of Calvary’s cross and the empty tomb.
  • And because resurrection power dwells in us. (See Romans 8:11, Ephesians 1:19-20, Philippians 3:10.)

How to Expect and Watch for the Divine, Photo by Chad Madden on UnsplashDue to the divine power available to us, encore performances happen each day of our lives. Encores by grace, peace, hope, goodness, love and mercy.

So, starting right now, today…expect.

Expect divine, God-things to happen. Things only God can pull off.

*Featured photo by Matthew Henry on Unsplash.

*Top photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash. 

*Bottom photo by Chad Madden on Unsplash.

Karen Friday

Whether the spoken or written word, Karen thrives in moving an audience to experience laughter, tears, surprise, and deep reflection. She not only possesses an affection for words (just ask her family), but she also cherishes God’s Word. Karen is an award-winning writer who has published both devotions and articles with a mission to know Jesus more and make Him known. She contributes to several national sites while she works on her first non-fiction book. In the blogging world, she is referred to as “Girl Friday” where she shares a central message: you are never far from hope. And she considers her life as a pastor’s wife and women’s ministry leader a sacred calling. Karen and her husband Mike reside in East Tennessee and have two grown children and two grandchildren. The entire family is fond of the expression, “TGIF: Thank God it’s Friday.” They owe Monday an apology. Connect with her blog community, Hope is Among Us.

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