Awake in the Journey

One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John.
— Acts 3:1-4

There's more to this passage and so much detail that can be covered, but I just want to stop there. Instead of rushing to the next part, I want to pause and appreciate how Peter and John were open to divine opportunity. They were willing to take a moment and look at what God had put before them.

Peter could have walked right passed the beggar. He and John could have shrugged and passively said they didn't have any money to give. Instead Peter looks straight at him and so does John. They pause and instead of being rushed to go have their own divine encounter with God, they choose to take time out and simply see the man before them.

I tend to live my life in a hurry. I have to get ready so I can rush to work. I have to get off work so I can run errands, rush home and let the dogs out or whatever it is I feel is important enough to "rush" around for. It's all about my destination.  

I am learning to enjoy the journey and make time for it. Instead of seeing interruptions in my schedule as inconvenient time suckers, I want to stop, look straight at it and find opportunity. I believe that God can and does speak over every moment of my day. I just have to make sure I'm there to catch it, hear it and act on it. 

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
— Psalm 119:105 NLT

My prayer today is that as we grow stronger in this season we also become more sensitive to the holy spirit. I pray that we would recognize God's voice whispering, gently guiding us forward. I pray we learn the rhythms of grace andbecome more and more obedient to God's will over our lives. He is a generous God and amazing provider. He has our best in mind. I pray we trust that and believe that even in the, "distractions," that we would see God moving within our hearts and the hearts of others.