I lift up my eyes to the hills - from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. - Psalm 121:1-2
Working in universities means I spend much of my working time in cities. On an ordinary morning I have to go through Manchester to get into Salford. However, at home and in my free time I love the countryside. I don't always appreciate the hill between my house and the train station, but I love that I can look out of a window and see the hills and valleys, moors and mills of my northern town I now call home.
In my spare time I geocache, a hobby that gets me out and about searching for tupperware in the woods using multi-million-pound satellites. There are certain things you need to take with you when geocaching; a pen is the basic level, but tweezer, spare logs, gardening gloves, kitchen roll and plastic bags are all useful in a cacher's toolkit. As well as a sturdy pair of boots.
This verse in the Psalms reminds us to look up, and seek God. We can often get caught up in the everyday and forget to take the time to recognise God in our midst, seek His face, and recognsie God’s provision and presence. Whether you’re going about your day to day in the city, or searching out the unusual (/tupperware!) in the countryside, how you can prepare to seek God in your life?
Be prepared to meet God in the ordinary and the unusual.
- Find time in your day to pause and pray, asking God to interrupt your day and put God at the centre.
- Look for God in the ordinary - what can you see of creation from your window, in your friends and colleagues?
- Seek God in the unusual places, the cities and the mountains.
Written by Rach Collins, SCM's Regional Development Worker for the North West.