By Karen O’Connor:
I’ve never found it difficult to connect with God in a blooming garden. In fact, it’s my favorite spot for prayer and meditation. But I was surprised this week to discover myself finding God in unexpected places within my California garden, even in winter: in a patch of weeds along the fence, and a flower bed now covered with dead leaves. Neither place is particularly beautiful this time of year. Yet I still experienced the hand of God, even among the dying foliage and in the midst of unwanted plants.
I was reminded in that moment of how God is with us in all the unexpected places. Therefore, we never need to worry or be afraid. He’s with us at the scene of an auto accident, while riding a Ferris wheel at a county fair, during a battle with cancer, in the ocean riding the perfect wave. God himself is unexpected—lavishing his people with undeserved and unsparing love, comfort, guidance, mercy, and protection.
Whether we are feeling up, down, or somewhere in between, the certainty of finding God in unexpected places is a wonderful truth to cling to. It will help us move forward in the new year with confidence and trust and hope.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV Bible).
Enjoy this inspiring You Tube video, featuring Christian author, journalist and blogger, Cathleen Falsani on finding God in unexpected places.
©Karen O’Connor. Karen is an award winning author and writing mentor from Watsonville, California. Visit Karen on the web at: www.karenoconnor.com