This past Saturday night, as I was packing some things up in preparation to move, I took a break to sit out on my deck for a while. I pulled out my cell phone and started to do something I've been meaning to do for a while - I cleaned out my contact list.
Every once in a while, I look through my contact list to find phone number I saved in well-meaning to call and also those that I'd just felt bad about deleting in the past. It's almost like cleaning out your closet. If you're anything like me (pack rat), there are some things that almost seem too sacred to throw away. What that usually means is that they will be thrown out the next time I clean my closet, and I come to the same conclusion as the last 18 times.
As I began to clean some numbers out of my phone to prepare for new ones, though, something popped out to me. I had phone numbers of students all over Columbus, Ohio in my phone. It's funny how on a weekly basis, I was always yearning for more students to love on and to point to Jesus.
As I cleaned out number after number, I realized God had given me more opportunities than I had realized, or thanked Him for. I began to see that I was able to be a looking glass to Jesus to more students than I had previously realized.
May we never forget to stop and realize all that God is doing in the day-to-day, and even the minute-to-minute.
If God exists in the margins, why am I so attracted to the bright and beautiful? I pray my focus is always on the here-and-now, and on those God has entrusted to me.