In Everything

heart in cloudsDrew Barrymore’s latest artistic endeavor is a book of her photography called Finding It in Everything. In this book, Barrymore has taken photographs of hearts in unexpected places – a straw wrapper on the ground forms a shape of a heart, or even a heart-shaped hole in a T-shirt.  She confesses that she has always loved hearts, and when she took the time, she began to see them EVERYWHERE.

I think that’s true of many of our loves or interests.  When we are considering the purchase of a new car, we start to notice how many of that particular make/model are being driven around.  What we are thinking about raises our awareness in our ordinary lives.

I believe it works similarly in our lives when we begin to grasp the truth of Acts 17:28:  “In Him we live and move and have our being.”  This means that there is no separation of our church lives from our family lives or our work lives.  Jesus is everywhere, and as “God with Us” (Emmanuel), he is just as surely by our sides as we sing worship songs in church as he is when we go to work or bathe our small children.

Far too often, we only think about the presence of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit on our day of worship, and then we quickly forget their abiding presence during the hustle of daily living. However, by recognizing that there is no separation between our church lives and our work lives since Christ inhabits all, we invite the awareness we need to see the “hearts” or acts of love from God in our everyday lives.  We begin to live our lives without compartments, and instead, live as integrated, wholehearted beings.  The sacredness of the ordinary is revealed.

This awareness requires us to slow down a little.  I’m sure Drew Barrymore could have easily stepped on the heart-shaped straw wrapper if she had not been looking for hearts in her daily environment.  We can miss it, too, if we think we only meet Jesus for a couple of hours each week at church. The work that we do to feed our families is holy because Jesus is in it.  The family life we have is holy because Jesus is in it.   As we remind ourselves of the way that the Father, Son, and Spirit permeate our human existence even at the most mundane level, we find “hearts” that they have left for us, showing us our inclusion in their joy and fellowship.

~by Nan Kuhlman

8 comments so far

  1. Naomi Fata on

    When I first met my husband he would see hearts in everything and I didn’t get it how he could see the love of God written everywhere. Now I know and now I see in Him

    • Nan Kuhlman on

      Naomi,

      I love your story about your husband, and I’m glad that you’re able to see now, too!

      Nan

  2. jkharri4 on

    Totally LOVE this!!! The more I am learning and understanding about my father’s LOVE and my inclusion in the life of The Father, Son and Spirit, I AM TRULY grasping that Jesus IS EVERYWHERE!!!….and in EVERYTHING!!! ! Not just in the ‘pretty pink sparkley’ PERFECT places hahahahaha….and it IS TRUE, (I have noticed in my life). …..”We begin to live our lives without compartments, and instead, live as integrated, wholehearted beings.”…..and YES YES YES!!!! As we understand this, we allow ourselves to slow down a little……and ENJOY…. each moment and each day ….THE JOY OF THE FATHER, SON AND SPIRIT……THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!!
    Karen Harris.

    • Nan Kuhlman on

      Karen,

      I’m glad this post lifted and encouraged you. I tend to write about those things that I’m thinking about or wrestling with. Mostly I write about what I need to do more of :). I’m glad I’m not alone. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

      Nan

  3. Jerome on

    Totally right and encouraging to the max, Nan!!
    Help us Lord, to see your beautiful heart at work in lives all around us.

    • Nan Kuhlman on

      Jerome,

      Glad you were touched by the post. Thanks for commenting!

      Nan

  4. Tony Marra on

    God is Love and He is everywhere…nice reminder to seek Him


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