One cannot be conscious of God 24/7. Too many other things demand our attention. We need to pay attention when people talk to us and when we speak to them, and of course when we are driving. And then there is the need to sleep. To just sit and do nothing but think about God will result in a lifespan of maybe seven days.
But to be thinking about God on-and-off-continually is a different matter. It’s not easy, but it is doable.
Recently I had a couple of events take place that most folks would not think were out of the ordinary. I did not speak to anyone about them, but even if I did, no one would raise an eyebrow. They were trivial matters, but I felt I needed to see some things happen, so I prayed. And when they happened I paused and prayed again.
In Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer, C. S. Lewis gave me a phrase that explains what happened to me as I prayed, waited, and looked for an answer. He explains,
“One obstacle is inattention. Another is the wrong kind of attention. One could, if one practised, hear simply a roar and not the roaring-of-the-wind. In the same way, only far too easily, one can concentrate on the pleasure as an event in one’s own nervous system – subjectify it — and ignore the smell of Deity that hangs about it.”1
Next time God answers a prayer, irrespective of how small a matter, take a sniff, and thank him.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:17.
- C. S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer (Mariner Books, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2012), 90.