You know what happens when you pray to find God in the everyday? You start finding him. Sometimes in the most unlikely places. Like in a Books-a-Million on a Friday night in the middle of Percy Jackson book, when all you're planning to do is kill a bit of time before a hockey game.
"In the middle of the valley was a glittering blue lake... immediately I knew that's where I wanted to go when I died. 'That's what it's all about,' Annabeth said, like she was reading my thoughts. 'That's the place for heroes.' But I thought of how few people were there...so few people did good in their lives. It was depressing." (Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, p 302)
And just like that, God burst into my ordinary moment. I thought about the truth of that statement. How so few people get it. How we can get wrapped up in avoiding bad and in doing so forget to actively do good. How if we can catch just a glimpse of heaven, we'll immediately know that's where we want to call home.
I felt conviction to walk the narrow way -- the way that isn't always convenient, but is right and pleasing. Conviction to be the social center of God's love. Maybe all I can do is help people see through a window darkly...but just a glimpse can be life-changing. I thought about how I long to be counted among the heroes. And amid all that, I felt hope. Because unlike Greek heroes, I don't have to earn my way onto the Elysium Plains. Salvation, reconciliation, forgiveness is a gift. Made possible by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
All of that from a God moment in the middle of a bookstore. It's amazing what you find when your eyes and heart are open!