Incognito

19 10 2012

“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with God. God walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always hard to penetrate. The real labour is to remember, to attend. In fact, to come awake. Still more, to remain awake.” – CS Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer

This thought by CS Lewis has held my attention for days. We can choose to ignore, but can never evade the presence of God. He is here. He is moving, active, alive, and calling me right this minute. I can turn a deaf ear, walk drowsily through my day, or let my eyes and heart get distracted, but that does not change the reality that God is fully present in this moment. He is right here, right now.

I love the picture of the world being crowded with God. I tend to think of my life as being crowded with work deadlines, piles of laundry, dirty dishes, and unpaid bills. People press in, problems pile up, and worries overflow. Would understanding that the world is crowded with God change my eyes and transform my thoughts? Would I see you differently? Would I see myself differently?

We bump into God every day. He walks everywhere incognito. He isn’t flashy or loud or glitzy. He reveals Himself in the still dew of the morning, the sun racing across golden clouds, a whispered answer to prayer, one more measure of grace to face the moment, or the gentle nudge to look up and reach out. He is here. When is the last time I searched the faces around me and recognized Him in the crowd?

My Jesus Resolution today is to stay awake. I don’t have to wonder if God is here. He is. My job is to remember the startling truth that He is present and live in that reality. I want to be awake today. Fully awake. Awake to His nearness. Awake to the grace that He promises me. Awake to the opportunity to be surprised, stand amazed, and offer praise. Awake to His call to surrender. Just because God is incognito doesn’t mean He is unrecognizable. I just have to be awake and attentive enough to notice.


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