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Thursday, March 2

Small Mysteries

The magazine “Guideposts” features a monthly article called Mysterious Ways. The stories are always inspiring and sometimes miraculous. I like reading those articles, but most of my personal experiences with God’s mysteries are a bit less exciting. I don’t mean that as a bad thing.

If you stop to observe and listen in your daily life, you may be surprised at all the mysteries you will uncover.

Think about the intricacies of science and medicine that allow medical professionals to perform procedures that were not thought possible just a few years back.

Or think about the job interview that went well. You didn’t get that job, but a better job dropped in your lap later on. Think about the time one birth mother didn’t pick your brother and sister-in-law to parent her child, but then along came another birth mother who did pick them. One of my favorite memories is a comment made by my nephew when my niece was baptized: “She looks like an angel.”

A Bible verse comes to mind as I ponder this and other ways God’s mysteries are among us: Psalm 46:10 - “Be still, and know that I am God!”

I’m sure many of us have great stories to tell this Lenten season about mysterious workings in our lives. Some will be miraculous and life changing events. These are wonderful stories and help explain God. I hope the smaller stories are just as meaningful. I know they are for me, because I think there are many more of them if we only take the time to be quiet….to listen… to observe the world around us.

May this Lenten season be a time of listening and contemplating both the big and the small mysteries all around us.

Marsha Meili

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