Exodus 2: 23-25 (NRSVA)
23 After a long time the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned under their slavery, and cried out. Out of the slavery their cry for help rose up to God. 24 God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. 25 God looked upon the Israelites, and God took notice of them.
I have horses and I am up at the stables every day. Even though the horses don’t speak I know them so well that I know from their expressions, their body language, their energy, the depth and pace of their breathing what they are thinking and feeling. I know when they are happy, worried, nervous. I know how to respond and provide for them.
I have often marvelled how God knows exactly what I’m thinking and feeling without me even telling him. How he knows my needs and provides for them without me having to ask. How he often fixes my problems before I have even prayed about them. How he has heard my deep sighs and responded with love.
I might not always be noticing him, but God always notices me. And God always notices you. God hears your sighs, he hears your groans. God hears your cries and he sees your situation. Try to be aware today of the ways God is reaching out to you.
Lord, help us see you working and moving in our lives. Help us to see the need in those around us and to allow you to work in and through us to provide for that need. Thank you, Lord, for always seeing, hearing and knowing our pain even when we don’t reach out to you in prayer. Thank you for understanding and knowing us better than we know ourselves. Thank you for loving us even when it appears we have forgotten you.
Lent Legacy 2021 Action
The Transforming Breath: Each morning this week spend 5 minutes mindful of your breath, perhaps breathing slowly in and out. As you do consider the day ahead and think of all the places and situations your breath is going to take you today. You may wish to say a short prayer offering the upcoming day to God.