I realized something. I tend to thank God for what He has done for me and for other people. The tendency is to ask God to do something for me or someone else.
Typically, it goes something like this:
God, I: want you to do something for________ (usually me).
God, I: thank you for what you have done for _______( again, usually me).
God I. God I. God I…
It hit me like the feeling you get when an epiphany smacks you in the back of the head. God. I.
The focus is more on what God can do for me than who He is. By fixating on His hands, I overlook His face.
Maybe it’s human nature or our American culture that we want God to do something. What would it look like to focus on His nature and that’s it. No request, either selfless or selfish. Just God is.
Recently, I heard that’s how they roll in Uganda. I’ve heard something similar happening in other countries. Despite their circumstances, people just going bonkers over who God Is and not focusing on God I.
What if we did the same? Wouldn’t that be something…
[photo by roland]