God’s Articulate Presence

Sharon JaynesA Sudden Glory, Gratitude, Living Free, Living Fully 19 Comments

I love Post-It Notes! Yellow,  fuchsia, turquoise, buttercup, and magenta. From full-page mega notes to tiny little strips, sticky notes have saved me from embarrassment, kept me organized, and helped me memorize. Mostly, they have served as visual reminders of information, events, and appointments not to forget.

But visual reminders of things not to forget didn’t begin with Post-It Notes. They began with God, Himself. All through life God places Post-It Notes on our days to remind us of Him. Just today, I jotted down a few Post-It Notes God placed throughout my day.

  • The sunrise with swirls of mist rising from the lake behind my home;
  • A vibrant red male cardinal and his demure wife sharing the bird feeder;
  • Boisterous Canadian geese flying in V-formation across the sky;
  • Tulip bulbs peeping through the ground;
  • Dogwood blossoms heralding Easter’s approach;
  • The weeping willow praising God in the breeze;
  • A monarch butterfly perched on the windowsill;
  • Midday sunlight dancing on the water;
  • A baby’s cry;
  • A little girl’s giggle;
  • Orange, magenta and red streaks across the sky as the sun bid goodnight;
  • A sliver of white in the inky sky with a smattering of twinkles all around;
  • My husband’s hand reaching for me in the night.

Each and every one of these sightings were God’s reminders to me that He has infused my life with His presence. Through His creation, God longs for us to see and discover—observe and remember—His creative beauty, His enduring grace, His fathomless mercy, and His articulate presence.

W. Tozer once said, “He is by nature continuously articulate. He fills the world with His speaking voice.” I believe His voice is heard nowhere more clearly than through His creation.

In the Bible, Paul wrote to the Romans, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God (Romans 1:20 NLT).

Charles Spurgeon, a famous English preacher from the 1800s once said, “God seems to talk to me in every primrose and daisy and smile at me from every star, and whisper to me in every breath of morning air and call aloud to me in every storm.” That’s the way I want to live, looking for God’s fingerprints and listening to His gentle whisper throughout my day. I think you do, too.

If we do not hear from God today, if we do not see His fingerprints through creation, we are without excuse. His voice is speaking to us all day long with holy post-it notes, and it seems to me His voice is sweetest in spring.

Look for God’s fingerprints throughout your day, and then pause and thank Him for speaking to you.

Today, look for God’s Post-It Notes in your day. Consider getting a pad of Post-It Notes and jot down visual reminders of God that grab your attention. Write your observations on the notes and post them around your home.

If you have children, consider giving them a pack of Post-It Notes and have them jot down things that remind them of God throughout their day. Before bedtime, share your Post-It Notes as a family.

At day’s end, come back to this devotion, click on comment, and share what you saw today.

A Sudden Glory Sharon Jaynes

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Comments 19

  1. Hello Sharon. We met 2 weekends ago in Delaware and I read the book you recommended to me “when I lay my Isaac down. I was greatly inspired. Thank you very much. Please continue to pray for my husband and I.

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  2. Last night I went outside and just looked at the wonder of His star beauty. At present there are 5 planets lined up in a row…a very rare sight. It was so nice to take time to just “look up” and marvel at how marvelous God’s creation is , He gives us so many sticky notes to remind ourselves of how small we are but how great is our God. To think that out of all His magnitude of wonders , He chose us to enjoy it all . God is Good.

    1. God’s little post it notes today
      The tiny, delicate flowers blooming on my weeping cherry tree
      A variety of birds sharing the bird feeder
      The beautiful colors of all the different birds
      My fish coming out of hibernation in my little backyard pond.
      The sun peaking through a cloudy day
      The bright yellow jonquils blooming in my garden

    1. Amen to that Dee! We had a stunning display a few weeks ago in Minneapolis.
      When my son was a toddler, we would rush to the west facing window to see the sunset “artwork” God painted for us 🙂

  3. Recently in my devotion time with the Lord, I asked a question, which now I can’t remember what it was, but I most definitely remember His response, and it was, “look, I’m everywhere you see.” I went outside and the first thing I saw was the MOUNTAINS! Wow! My Father loves me so much. I love reading your emails. So inspiring!

  4. This is what I saw on my way home from work, the sun(it’s been cloudy & raining for weeks, plus I work all day in a windowless environment), a pair of geese by a pond, I think they were building a nest 😁, my crepe myrtle tree is starting to bloom, my dog was extra glad to see me when I got home, I looked up this evening and saw 4 of the 5 plants aligned in a row along with the moon- a perfect ending to my day

  5. My oldest granddaughter’s smile as she proudly read to me
    My middle granddaughter calling me “Love” 🙂
    My youngest granddaughter’s kiss on my cheek
    The lone wing of a moth so intricately woven
    The smile of a stranger
    My husband coming out to welcome me home
    A text from a friend
    The morning dew on the deep, green blades of grass
    Knowing that my children and grandchildren are safe

  6. The sunrise is always glorious as I sit with my coffee and spend time with God. Later on this afternoon, I saw a cardinal as I sat in the office! I thanked God because I love seeing them, and they have been scarce through the winter. I also thanked him for the birds’ songs while in my backyard. He blesses me every day.

  7. God’s little post it notes!

    Hearing the sweet songs of the birds as they herald in spring!
    The beauty of my tulips starting to bloom!
    The beauty of the sunrise outside my window this morning!
    Going to have lunch with my precious sisters and lay Easter flowers on our parents graves!
    God is so good to us, not only in the big things, but also the little things!
    Thank you LORD!

  8. Thank you for the reminder of Gods daily blessing. After reading this, the birds were singing louder, the woods surrounding our house is greener, and my drive from home to work was more beautiful then the first time I made this trip.
    Thank you Lord for all your daily blessings and thank you Sharon for being a blessing. God bless you!

  9. You are all a special blessing. The beautiful comments have touched
    my heart today. I live with a gorgeous
    park in my front yard. Each day I am reminded of our God in everything
    I see and how truly blessed I am.
    Thank you Sharon for sharing your
    talents with all of us. Your books have
    added peace and wisdom to my life. God bless you for being the fantastic woman that God made you to be. Love and blessings to you 🦋

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