Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Out of Sight, Out of Mind?

Babies don't pay attention to what they can't see.  If they are focused on an object, and you remove that object from their sight, they seem to forget about it and move on to something else.

This principle does not just apply to babies.  I can remember playing hide and seek with my sister - I was probably around 5, so she was around 2.  My sister hid by laying down in the middle of the floor and covering her eyes.  She couldn't see me, so she reasoned that I couldn't see her. (smiles)

I don't want to live with an "out of sight, out of mind" attitude towards God.  I'm aware of His Presence when I'm reading His Word, when I'm reading a spiritual book, when I pray, when I'm at church.  But what about when I'm doing laundry, teaching school, grocery shopping, fixing dinner or even cleaning toilets?

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.  Colossians 3:23

Jesus said the greatest commandment is, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind." (Matt. 22:37)  I can't love the Lord with all my mind if my mind isn't fixed on Him.  Doesn't loving God with ALL my heart, soul and mind speak to a totally undivided heart?  I can't be thinking about Jesus and the world.  Or not be thinking about Jesus at all.  

God, I believe that You never forget about me.  Help me to live aware of Your Presence all day.  Don't let me become so busy with life that I forget about you.  Amen

Many blessings,

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  1. I try to live with God at the forefront of my mind and allow everything else to filter through Him first. Does it always work,no... but it's getting better and I'm so grateful that He knows the intentions of my heart! Striving to Love Him with my whole heart, my whole soul and my whole mind... that's what it's all about! Great post :)

  2. This is something that I really try to do, be aware of God at all times. No matter what I am doing, where I am or who I am with, I want to be aware of God's presence because He IS there.

  3. I love the hide-and-seek illustration! So easy for us to think God does not see us because He is invisible. Yet there He is, closer than the air we breathe.

  4. Hi Lisa - I love this post. I want to be aware of God throughout the day. The times when I have remembered to be aware of Him in the everyday times are the times when I end my day with a sense of peace.
    God bless

  5. I've been doing really good with this this summer... but I'm actually a little worried about how I'll do when school starts back. I want God to be the main thing on my mind continuously. I have a few ideas I'm going to use and I'm praying that it will work :)

  6. Yes, I want to be aware of His presence in every setting! I smiled when you shared the hide and seek story. My son used to do the same thing! I loved it :)

  7. Lisa,
    I love this - so very true! Days are so much more meaningful and life-giving when I plug into Him in ALL that I do! Thank you for the encouragement and the reminder, and the wonderful scripture verses!!

  8. Too often we hide God from sight. I think it's because we hope that He can't see our struggles and our sin. If we would just open our eyes we would see Him smiling down on us. Waiting to help us with our struggles. Thanks for this great reminder and illustration.

  9. Lisa,

    I try to keep God first in my thoughts, but sometimes I forget, it one of those things I am constantly working on, along with a million other things. Just this afternoon I was having a conversation with Him when I was mowing the lawn, complaining about hot it was. Then into my head it popped, "you could be shoveling snow instead". Nuf said.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

  10. Great prayer Lisa.

    I've noticed over the years that the closer I get in my Walk with Him, the more I find His Presence in my daily life becoming obvious. It's always a wonderful discovery, and makes me work even harder to place God at the front of my mind throughout the day.

    Have a Blessed Day!

  11. So beautiful! Being mindful of His Presence in the midst of my day-to-day tasks is the hardest and easiest thing to do if that makes sense. He is worthy of every moment of my every day. Thanks for this post.

  12. I was praying about this exact thing in my quiet time this morning. . . asking God to make me aware of His presence . . . the rest of the day, too. Much to learn.


  13. Exactly Lisa… this is what it means to keep your “eye single that your whole body will be full of light.”

    This theme runs all through The
    Practice of the Presence of God. Brother Lawrence, a humble cook, shows us by his meek and modest spirit the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.”

    Thank you for this reminder. It’s so easy to allow the mind and heart and soul to wander. I love your illustration of the child playing peek-a-boo. And the hide and seek analogy.

  14. Amen, girl. What a great parallel to our spiritual lives. I, too, want Jesus to infiltrate the every day things.

  15. I don't want to get so wrapped up in myself that I forget to see what He has done for me!