Yesterday I had the opportunity to do a radio chat with Carmen LaBerge at Connecting Faith. It was only the second such interview I’ve ever done in my life, and I have to say, I wasn’t particularly good at it. I definitely need more experience in this arena. Fortunately, Carmen was brilliant and kept things smoothly on track.
It’s funny that you can know something so well, but stumble over yourself in an effort to share your understanding with others. As we discussed my new book, What a Great Word, I realized that I had pulled a rather difficult concept to share on the air, over many that I could have explained more easily. Since the book focuses on one word in Scripture and seeks to offer a more intentional or perhaps new perspective on that word, I offered the word “dust” as an example. The Scripture says, “Where the Lord goes, there are whirlwinds and storms, and the clouds are the dust beneath his feet.” (Nahum 1:3)
Nahum’s words caused me to think that I should remember that the Presence of God is everywhere. Much like the dust on my dresser, I may not notice it. I may simply let it build there. I may totally miss it if the sun does not clearly bring it back to my attention. As I reflected on that idea and God’s presence, it occurred to me that though the dust of God’s Presence can swirl around me like a whirlwind, I can choose to not see it. I can simply ignore Him, though He never goes away. I can miss His Presence until He shines a light on it in a way that makes it clear that He is still there, still waiting for me to notice. The idea that I could either realize God is everywhere around me and honor Him for being there, or that I could simply shake off the dust and ignore it, gave me pause. Today, I choose to look for Him everywhere, knowing that He is always around me, blessing me, and waiting for me to acknowledge His precious Presence. May His light open your eyes to realize that His love surrounds you, whether you notice or not, like dust in the air!