How can we know God is near to us? Searching for signs.

Renee Ann Smith —  January 16, 2013 — 15 Comments

I’m a morning person. When 5:30 rolls around, I easily rise to silence my alarm and start the coffee. Snuggling in my favorite robe, I savor that first, best cup of the day in front of my laptop while sampling a few Bible verses, an insightful quote, or a short devotional from the online inspirational news feed.

Often something beyond the words woos me—invites me to linger, to delve deeper—but I resist and jump into the Rush-About phase of my routine: tidy the kitchen, choose clothes, fix hair, ready school bag, grab lunch, go.

Teaching at a small Christian school nestled in Clinton-in-the-middle-of-nowhere-Corners means a 45-minute drive for me. On my way out of town, I snake through side streets and back roads to avoid school buses. Near the diner/gas station plazas, the work trucks slow me down. But once I hit the Taconic Parkway, I can fly. I let my mind drift with the radio until I crest a familiar hill.

There the newly-risen sun lights the trees into luminous beauty. The tableau makes me gasp. The brilliance overwhelms me. I blink away tears and wonder if this is how Noah felt when he first saw God’s bow in the sky.

And I savor this sign that God is here, close, real in my world.

Are you like me? Too often sidelining God. Too often flying through the day. Until I stumble upon some sweet treasure tucked into an unexpected corner of my life and once again draw close and adore Him.

Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is.”

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A common word used for miracle in the New Testament can also be translated sign. So a miracle is a sign that God uses to point to Himself—like the treasures with which He fills our days but on a grander scale. 

I want to live 2013 with an eye out for the signs that point to God’s nearness. Will you join me? Here’s a hint of where we’ll find Him . . .

  • In something beautiful that catches our eye
  • In an answer to prayer that lifts our souls
  • In the way He uses Scripture in our hearts
  • In a passage from a fiction or non-fiction book that touches us
  • In counting our blessings
  • In the small joys of daily life

I’ll be offering a link-up at the beginning of each week. Let’s promote what God has done for us! I’d love for you to share in the comments or in a blog post about how God has revealed His presence in your life. What sweet signs has He given you? What hidden treasures has He revealed? What practices do you include in your day so that you don’t overlook Him? Here’s a linky in case you want to share this week. I may not get to visit your post right away, but I faithfully pray for each one who leaves a comment. Blessings, sweet bloggy friends!


Bonus graphic: A pic I snapped on one of my many trips up and down the Taconic Parkway. This scene is half as lovely as the photo I didn’t get—the incredible view described above!

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This week I’m linking up with Monday Musings, Hear It on Sunday, Soli Deo Gloria, The Better Mom, Covered in Grace, Rachelwojo, Modest Mondays, GraceLaced Mondays, Raising Arrows, A Mama’s Story, Teach Me Tuesdays, Gratituesdays, Just Write, Titus 2 Tuesdays, Tell Me About It Tuesday, Tuesdays Unwrapped, Teaching What Is Good, Mom’s Library, Tuesday Tips, What I Learned This Week, Heart and Home, Domestically Divine Tuesday, Raising Homemakers, Deep Roots at Home, God Bumps, Wednesday Walkabout, Think Outside the Blog, Word-filled Wednesday, Thankful Homemaker, Wisdom Wednesday, Wholehearted Home Wednesdays, Thursday Favorite Things,Thriving Thursday, Hearts for Home, Legacy Leaver, Thoughtful Thursday, Life in the Comments, Almost Friday Thursday Blog Hop, Favorite Things, Faith-filled Friday, Friday @Homemaker by Choice, Just for Fun Friday, Fellowship Friday, Womanhood with Purpose, Weekend Whatever, and Heart Reflected.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

15 responses to How can we know God is near to us? Searching for signs.

  1. Love the quote. Everything is a miracle…beautiful. And your photo is gorgeous!

  2. Beautiful post – thank you. I also need the reminders to slow down and watch for God’s signs in my life. Often I see it in the joy on my daughter’s faces – their hugs, their delight in the little things of life, or the way that they notice things like the sunrise in the morning. 🙂

  3. We do tend to work on fast forward, trying to cram everything we can into the day and end up missing out on God’s little love notes in the world around us. Bless you for this timely word, my friend!

  4. So eloquently written!! I can’t wait to take those words to heart and start looking. So I’ll start now!

  5. It’s so nice to see a picture of “home,” again. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve traveled the Taconic Parkway. It’s such a beautiful drive. Thanks for sharing this 🙂

  6. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

  7. Hi Renee Ann
    Thank you for this beautiful reminder that life is a miracle. But what takes my breath completely away, is the eternal life of our Lord that we can already live in daily as we abide in Him. Thank you for your link. I have linked up after I found you at Mindy’s.
    Bless you, dear one

  8. Oh that we might truly live as if everything, every day, every moment, every creation….is a miracle from Him! ~ Jen @ Richfaithrising

  9. A very lovely thoughtful post; I loved reading it. I think the ideas are awesome and I do need to stop and smell the roses more often. We do get in the busy and don’t pause to note the many miracles and the hand of the Lord in our lives.
    Thanks for the reminder and blessings to you!

  10. I was thinking this morning how I often ignore the beauty and majesty and tender mercies of the Lord– because why? I’m too busy? This is a wonderful blog and I am looking forward to reading more. Just added you to my reading list (After finding you on the blog hop) …. Hoping you’ll stop by and say hi sometime.

  11. Finding signs of God in places is something that I’m trying to do more often. I love what you have written above, Renee. It’s a great reminder. Ü

  12. I love the idea of seeing the beauty in miracles/signs in everything. Thank you for sharing this bit of inspiraiton on Ladies Holiday Photo Friday blog hop. We hope you have a great weekend and to see you next week.


  13. Signs of God come in many forms and I am amazed at how often. When I am feeling down, an unexpected phone call or word of encouragement arrives. When I have self-doubts about the path I am taking for my business, he provides encouragement through new clients, or old friends. With each step along the path of my life, God provides confidence in believing in myself, and trusting in Him.

  14. Hi, Ladies! Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your insights and kind words. I’ve enjoyed visiting the blogs that were linked and said some prayers for each of you. Here’s a prayer to start the week, “Father, may each of these sweet sisters experience your presence in a very real way. May they find hope to praise you through the ups and downs of every day.” Blessings!

  15. Renee Ann,
    I am so glad I have had a few minutes to sit and read your beautiful blog. I love daily miracles 🙂 Thanks for sharing your excellent writing over at Deep Roots at Home!

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