St. Ignatius believed that you can find evidence of God in all things. Â I believe it, too … and here’s howÂ I’ve been finding God lately.
We recently returned from visiting Scott’s family in upstate New York. Â While there, we got to spend timeÂ at two lakes — Otsego Lake in Cooperstown:
and Minerva Lake in the Adirondacks, where Scott’s cousin organized a family reunion.
“Feast for the eyes” doesn’t begin to describe these two bodies of water. Â Glorious.
RELAXING (kind of)
I luxuriated in this hammock at Otsego Lake, rocking back and forth, gazing at the leafy sky above meÂ andÂ thinking all sorts of spiritual thoughts. Â Then two small boys suddenly showed up and began swinging me wildly back and forth, giggling loudly, while I held on for dear life. Â Such is life as a mother. Â (I have to admit, I was laughing too — and I remembered that God is found in laughter as much as in silent meditation).
Scott and I slipped out for a lunchtime date, the boys securely in the care of his sister and parents. Â We decided to try theÂ Sriracha fries with green onion and cilantro, because weÂ love spicy stuff.
Let’s just say that if I didn’t already believe in God, these would seal the deal. Â Holy cow, they were good.
Seeing Scott’s parents and sister was a treat; we see them so rarely, being on the other side of the country, and I always wish we could change that. Â But at least we can savor the time we do have. Â And it was great to see Scott’s extended family at the reunion his cousin organized. Â I met several of his cousins for the first time,Â and Scott got to see some of them for the first time in about twenty-five years, so it was a blessing for both of us.
Back home in CA, my older son was delighted to finally go get his very own library card. Â Talk about a rite of passage! Â As Rita Mae Brown said, “When I got my library card, that’s when my life began.”Â It was exciting for him and for book-nerd Mom. Â I snapped photos like it was prom day.
Two days after returning home, Scott and I celebrated our twelfth anniversary. Â We had a greatÂ dinner atÂ one of our “special occasion restaurants” (otherwise known as a restaurant without a kids’ menu) where I ordered quail with truffle risotto (yum). Â It must have been the quail that got me thinking of this, but I started quizzingÂ him on his knowledge of CA lore, being that he’s a native New Yorker and all. Â He got the state flower right, but he guessed thatÂ the CA state motto wasÂ “Duuuuude.” Â No wonder I love the guy.
The dotMagis blog is in the middle of its annual month-long celebration of Ignatian spirituality, and they invitedÂ me to write about a time when I foundÂ God in an unexpected place. Â My storyÂ involves my youngest son, a running leap, the edge of a bunk bed, and an ambulance. Â You can read it all here. Â Check out all the other posts, too — there’s a wealth of spiritual insight there, and there will be a new one every day of July.
Where have you found God lately? Â