“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” (Matthew 4:17)
|Ronnie Landfield’s “Heaven and Earth”|
|Vincent van Gogh’s “Public Garden…”|
God is present in moments so small and ordinary that they seem too trivial for the Creator of the universe to take notice. Washing the dishes, doing the homework, taking out the trash, driving to work, changing a diaper, having the first cup of coffee in the morning, and flossing our teeth before bed. Ordinary stuff. And yet God is there, just as he was there in a shabby stable in a crummy little town in a despised backwater of a mighty Empire.
|Paul Gauguin’s “Breton Fishermen”|
He doesn’t say stop doing a bad thing and start doing a good thing. Instead, he says, “Don’t just be about good things. Be about the ultimate thing. Look for me in every person—no matter how awkward or ordinary, no matter how mixed up or unlikable—and follow my lead.”