Sometimes it’s difficult to see God at work in our lives. Especially when things aren’t going the way we think they should be going, when the path we are walking isn’t clear and when we aren’t “feeling” His presence. However, that does not mean He isn’t there. I believe, if we are looking, we can always find evidence of His hand on us.
Shannon Kubiak writes in her book God Called a Girl, “When God is at work in our lives, we may not be able to recognize Him at first, especially when the fog sets in, worry nags at our hearts, and we are confused. But usually if we look closely, we can see the fingerprints of God on our situation.”
Some of you may remember the song “Fingerprints of God” by Stephen Curtis Chapman that came out in 1999.
“I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece
That all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God”
To see fingerprints you have to look very closely and very carefully. I love watching CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. It’s amazing to me how the investigators will spend hours searching a crime scene looking for one small fingerprint. It may be on a cup or a table, and it’s not usually visible at first glace, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t there. The fingerprint is proof that the person was there. Not only can fingerprints help solve a mystery and prove a person whereabouts, but so can tiny items like paint chips, little dirt clods, or a strand of hair.
God at work in our lives leaves small and subtle clues of His presence. He doesn’t always make drastic changes all at once. It’s usually very small steps He takes. Our distractions (the fog and worry) and our distance from Him keep the work He is doing hidden. The question isn’t whether or not He is there, it’s whether or not we are looking closely enough to see Him.
In his song “Missing You,” Nick Thurmond writes of a person struggling to see God in their life.
“You will be there in the moment I need You
And You have been here, only I couldn’t see You
I’ve been missing You, I’ve been missing You”
I challenge you not to miss Christ this week. Don’t let life keep you from seeing His presence in you.