God is Tapping Us on the Shoulder

April 3, 2020

If I do not perform my Father’s works, do not believe me; but if I perform them, even if you do not believe me, believe the work… (John 10:31-42)

Allow me to paraphrase what Jesus is saying to his detractors in today’s gospel: “You want to stone me for ‘making myself out to be God.’ If you won’t believe what I say, believe what I do.” Perhaps even simpler, “Just look around and you’ll believe in me.”

When speaking at school retreats, I often tell students, “God is constantly tapping us on the shoulder. He wants our attention!”

We go through much of our life with tunnel vision – our wants, our needs, our goals, our plans. When we see life in this way, we tend to see things that enhance our lives as our personal successes rather than as God working in our lives. We are quick, however, to blame God for things that don’t go our way.

Look around. God paints a breath-taking picture for us — he is in the beauty of nature, in the love expressed for us by others, in the gentle squeezing of a hand by our spouse, in the laughter of children, in the gifts and talents we’ve been given. God is hiding in plain sight.

He is constantly tapping us on the shoulder; we need to give him our attention.

 

 

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