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“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rustdestroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)


hidden in plain view

Chad Karger

What’s your day like? 

Are you busy? 

Productive? Frustrated? 

Does time run slow or a blur? Are you ready for the weekend?

Several years ago I attended a conference in Chicago. I was there on my own and going from one seminar to the next. Every speaker that took the microphone talked about big ideas and vision casting. There were thousands of people there, and after each session ended a cattle drive ensued to get to the next session. They had the obligatory bookstore and snack bar, and I broke ranks in the drive to the next workshop and wandered through the books instead. 

I found something that surprised me. It was a book—that is not what was surprising, it was a bookstore, after all—with a title that seemed out of place: The Sacrament of the Present Moment. I stopped dead in my tracks. It was a book about the overlooked, ordinary, and mundane aspects of life. 

I found a corner and began devouring this little book written by a 16th century French monk, and let the cattle call fade away. To this day, more than 20 years later, I still pull the book off the shelf and am reminded to slow down—every single minute is a gift from God. 

The grand and life-shaping truths about God are so often hinted at in the little things all around us. If we move at the pace that the tyranny of the urgent demands, we will miss potential encounters with God. This is why Jesus told His disciples to “look at the birds” and “consider the lilies” (Matthew 6). The stuff at our feet focus our hearts on heaven. God’s powerful and abundant presence is experienced through His care for His creation, including us.

No matter what sort of day you are having, take the time to consider the truth about God. Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, stop and take a breath. Break and take a stroll outside. Maybe take a silent car ride. Really tune in to the people around you, be present, be there. Whatever and whenever, soak it up! 

God is near.