“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” Frederick Buechner, Now and Then
As a lifelong Baptist, I am supposed to be wary of spiritual experiences. I am supposed to not be able to trust them as legitimate touches from the one true God. In others, I am supposed to be skeptical if they speak about how God is moving them. I am supposed to think that what they are feeling has more to do with them, and their hangups and need for attention, then it does God’s handiwork. I am supposed to only experience God through scripture reading, sermons, and prayer. But then I read Buechner, whose writings are filled with admonitions to ‘listen to your life’ and I remember Jesus’ words that he will be with me always, ‘even to the ends of the earth’ and I begin to listen, to ‘touch, taste, and smell my way to the holy and hidden heart of it.’ What I discover is that I can see God in the abandonment in which my daughter plays soccer, in the twilight breeze that is so welcomed, in the words of a friend who needs help, in the friendship of a spouse, and in words on a page. I have come realize that there is a world touched by God and a holy theater that I largely ignore. I want to change that.
Today, I will be listening to my life and chronicling those holy moments on Twitter. I will be looking out for God and his handiwork throughout my day. If you would like to follow along, then follow me @christlifehack on Twitter.