On Seeing God at Work

“Be careful driving home,” he cautioned over the phone. “The roads look wet, but they’re slick too. The rain is freezing.”

Grateful for my husband’s warning, I proceeded with care. Mindful of greater stopping distances, slower speeds, and reduced visibility in the dark, I arrived home safely.

I slept soundly, snug in my bed.

And awoke to school closings all around. Electric lines down in neighboring towns, with families who would be out of power for a full week.

I am certain there were spin outs on freeways and in subdivisions. My own daughter slipped in an unsalted parking lot.

People may even have perished through accidents and exposure.

And yet.

It was a winter wonderland.

A white Christmas.

Through the hazard and treachery, the hand of God was clear.

Ice coated roads and power lines, but it also encased the graceful skeleton branches on trees.

All glassy-glittery and iridescent. Fragile and delicate.


Isn’t that the way God works in our very lives too?

I tend to focus on the trials, the messes, and the frustrations.

I lament over the problems and fret over how I will work them all out.

But God.

He is always creating beauty from the chaos.

If I would only see.

The new, deep friendships that blossom when I loosen my grip on the ones that aren’t gelling.

The way I can reach out to a hurting heart because, yeah, I’ve been there too…and I know how it feels.

How the “Mommy, want to…” can lure me away from the sweeping, cooking, and planning more often, reminding me to choose being over doing.

The grace and beauty all melding, rolling, pervading the stress.

The favor of the Creator raining down.

Reminding of His love.

This new year…


I want to make it the year I see.


How do you see God at work in your life?

Fill in the blank: I want to make this the year I ____________________.

6 Responses to On Seeing God at Work
  1. Laura Rath
    January 5, 2014 | 5:25 pm

    Love this Mandy! I think in the last few years I have been more aware of God at work, even when life feels like a mess. What a blessing that seeing is! It makes the awful a little less awful, the uncontrolable emotions a little less out of control, and the beautiful even more incredible.
    Blessings on your new year!

    • Mandy
      January 6, 2014 | 9:50 am

      Yes! It finally occurred to me that it makes more sense to focus on how God is winning rather than how the enemy is 🙂 Thank you, Laura!

  2. Deb Weaver
    January 5, 2014 | 7:25 pm

    May this be the year I trust more and fear less.

    “The grace and beauty all melding, rolling, pervading the stress. The favor of the Creator raining down.” Beautiful piece and photos!

    Deb Weaver

    • Mandy
      January 7, 2014 | 9:31 pm

      Yes, Deb! That’s great–trust more, fear less! Blessings on your new year.

  3. Barbie
    January 5, 2014 | 11:23 pm

    Beautiful Mandy! I want this to be the year that I open my eyes to the beauty that is all around me! Blessings!

    • Mandy
      January 6, 2014 | 9:52 am

      Thank you, Barbie! Praying that blessing after blessing surrounds you and that you see each one.