God is Real

Julia was standing in front of the departure gate at the airport in Florida talking to her sister Katrina on the phone. “I can’t do it. I have to go back to him.”

She was three months pregnant, fleeing a destructive situation with the father of her baby. Katrina responded: “You can do it, Julia. God will give you the strength. Just get on that plane and come home.”

“I don’t know if I believe in God anymore,” replied Julia, turning around to leave the gate.

“God is real,” said Katrina through the phone. “He will show you.” At that precise moment, two Sisters of Life walked through the terminal. Julia knew it was a sign meant for her.

She approached them and they told her about the mission of the Sisters of Life. The two Sisters listened to her story and encouraged Julia in her decision to go back to her family in Pennsylvania. Phone numbers were exchanged and Julia got on the plane home. There was no longer a question in Julia’s heart: God is real.

God cares deeply about each one of us. He cares about our problems, our successes, our little joys and our great sorrows. But not only does He care, He wants us to know it. If we only paid attention, we would see countless ‘signs’ of His love and concern for us in our everyday life. Open your eyes! Maybe it’s a special bird nesting in a tree above you. Perhaps it’s a parking space that appears just when you are running late. Maybe it’s a kind smile from a stranger on the subway or a beautiful flower blooming on your walk to work. God is constantly pouring out his blessings as signs of his love and providence.

A very helpful spiritual practice is the daily Examen Prayer, recommended by St. Ignatius of Loyola. In the Examen Prayer, we take time to review the day and recognize those times and places that God has been present. We ask Him to show us how He has spoken to us, even if, in the moment, we failed to recognize Him. The more we become aware of the reality of God in our lives, the more we recognize His hand in each moment of the day.

If you would like to learn how to pray the Examen, Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OMV has some helpful resources:

Daily Prayer of Discernment: The Examen Prayer with Fr. Timothy Gallagher

Finding God in All Things: The Teaching of St. Ignatius of Loyola on Daily Prayer

Father, open my eyes to see Your presence in my daily life. Reveal Your providence for me and Your will for me. Show me how much You love me and give me a heart full of gratitude for Your goodness. Jesus, I ask You to give me a sign today that You are real, that You care about every detail of my life and give me the grace to recognize your message. Amen.

Past Co-Worker of Life Meditations