31 Days of Seeing God in the Mess of Real Life, Blog

Day 27-God delivers delights daily


I have found the most amazing quote while reading Sue Monk Kidd’s book “When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions” that goes to the heart of what I am trying to say in my 31 Day Series on Seeing God in the Mess of Real Life…

Author and Presbyterian minister Eugene Peterson was quoted in an interview saying, “The assumption of spirituality is that always God is doing something before I know it. So the task is not to get God to do something I think needs to be done, but to become aware of what God is doing so that I can respond to it and participate and take delight in it.”

So far in this series I have been sharing my thoughts on becoming aware of what God is doing in our daily lives. This quote takes it a step further and talks about responding, participating and delighting in it.

The word delight has been bumping around in my head for a week or so.

I know when that happens that God wants me to stop and ponder the word.

I know that when that happens God wants me to learn something, to make changes and to grow.


as a verb – to take great pleasure in,

as a noun – a cause or source of great pleasure, extreme satisfaction

Delight originated from the Latin word delectare which means to allure, delight, entice. It is related to the word delicious.

Everyday I am to walk around with my eyes open and my spirit sensitive to see and sense God at work. This action of mine – seeing and sensing – is to result in a feeling of great pleasure. I am view what I see and sense about God working as delicious.

When the English came into the picture in adding the Latin word delectare into their language – they added their word light into the picture to make the word delight. I am sure that God had a hand in that! One of the very first things that God created for our world was light. And it was good (aka delicious).


Dear God,

Help me see and sense your glory and workings in my world today.

Help me to delight in you and what you are doing.

in the name of Jesus, amen so be it.

I would love to hear how you discover God in your messy real everyday life too

What did you find a delight today?

– please leave a comment

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This is part of a 31 day series – Seeing God in the Mess of Real Life – click here for the other days in the series.