Here’s the good news: God can be found in the humdrum activities of life. There’s a wonderful book about just this discovery called “The Practice of the Presence of God.”
There, Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk, relates how he felt close to God every moment. Even when he was peeling carrots, dicing potatoes and stirring soup in the monastery kitchen. His secret is simply this: He did everything out of love for God. This means saying to God as you’re vacuuming the floor: “Lord, I offer you this work as my prayer for today.” And Brother Lawrence assures us that we needn’t speak very loudly. After all, he says, God is “nearer to us than we are aware of.”
It’s easy to believe that God is reserved only for special times at church or for bedtime prayers. The rest of the day we may tend to ignore him, as if he had somehow disappeared from our lives. But no matter what work we do all day -- whether it’s planting petunias, teaching teenagers or selling shoes -- we can include him in it.
It doesn’t take special talent to connect with God as we do our daily work. We simply have to turn our hearts to him each moment. We can ask his blessing on the memo we’re writing for the boss. Or the cake we’re baking for a friend.
And we can also ask him to help us keep our sense of humor. Especially when the mockingbird makes a direct hit on that freshly polished car.
Lorraine's latest books are "The Abbess of Andalusia," a spiritual biography of Flannery O'Connor, and "Death in the Choir," a mystery set in Decatur. Her e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org