Okay, now I’m getting closer to having seen everything.

For what it’s worth, we didn’t have weather like the past three days out in the west. Usually when it snows there, it snows. When it rains there, it rains. When it sleets, you know that something’s really wrong!

I have to admit that on more than one occasion yesterday I caught myself looking out the window in wide-eyed wonder. As I found myself in that state, I wondered why I don’t do it more often.

If we open our eyes at any given time to what’s around us we stand a pretty good chance of seeing something that perhaps no one else will see. Sometimes that witness is a happy thing, sometimes not, sometimes it’s neutral, but the fact that we see it is an experience. Much of what the spiritual life is about is experience. We do liturgy in hopes of having a God-moment. At its best, prayer is putting ourselves intentionally in God’s way so that we might have another, newer and deeper experience of the Divine. Looking out the window at falling rain on top of sleet on top of snow was for me a remarkable experience of God’s imagination and the wonderfully Divine complexity of the Creation that is steeped in God’s own self.

As part of your Lenten journey toward the cross, the tomb and the resurrection, I invite you to really look around you in the midst of your business at least once a day. Take note of what you see. Where is God in what you see? How would God in what you see make a difference? How is what you see revealing in your own life the presence or seeming absence of God? It needn’t take long. Just steal a minute or two each day and think of God, the world and our place in it as the people of God. You might be surprised by what you see.