The 15 hour drive was so worth it. My feet were sinking into the warm sand on that hot, sunny day. It felt wonderful after the harsh winter we had endured. My body soaked in the warmth of the sun. I spent most of that morning conversing with a friend. Our minds were on our conversation and not so much on our sunscreen. After spending several hours in the sun, our bodies were beginning to burn. Our pink colored skin was apparent once we arrived back to our condo. We had overdone our first day.
Sometimes in my faith life, I get so intertwined in the mission that I can only see the finish line. I pummel my way down on my path, ignoring what is right before me: chances to evangelize, chances to help others, and chances to enhance my own faith life. My mind is on the goal (which is good), but because of that I miss out on God moments.
This is how my conversation was with my friend. It was a great day and we enjoyed each other’s company, but we were so focused on the conversation that we missed the fact that our bodies needed tending to.
When this happens with my faith, I miss out on these great moments that God has planned for me. I focus my eyes on the finish and not on the “big picture” of what God wants me to see. These last few days of lent when you are fasting or giving up something, don’t just concentrate on your end goal, but look for the God moments that He wants you to see.