Peeling Off the Covering

photo by Josh Scholten

“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito. And the incognito is not always easy to penetrate. The real labor is to remember to attend. In fact to come awake. Still more to remain awake.”

― C.S. Lewis from “Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer”

The older I get, the more I recognize the need to be alert and awake to the presence of God in the crowded world around me.  It doesn’t come naturally.  We humans have an attention deficit, choosing to focus inwardly on self and ignoring the rest.  If it isn’t for me, or like me, or about me, it somehow is not worthy of our consideration.   We wear blinders, asleep.

We need help to recognize the presence of God, to peel the layers off the ordinary and find Him at the core, incognito.  We need help to attend to where He is, invisible in plain sight.

Tell us where you found Him in the crowd today.  Share how you stay awake to Him as He walks next to you unrecognized.  Tell us how your heart burns within you, knowing He is present.

Your input is needed here: God Incognito




7 thoughts on “Peeling Off the Covering

  1. Every morning I welcome Him into my day… I then pray that He would go before me, walk beside me and be my rear guard, and with that we walk through the day. I can’t begin to convey the difference this has made in my life. He may be incognito to the people around me, but He is everpresent with me…


  2. Three times I have experienced the Presence of His Spirit within me. Each time was when I was in terrible anguish with no place to turn and no one who could understand what I was living through. Each time I received an answer that shook my entire being and left me with a sense of peace that does not exist in our earthly realm.

    Other times, I have seen the Spirit in the eyes of others and, when our eyes met, I said to them (or silently in my heart), “You are my sister (or) you are my brother; we are walking together on the same journey in the Kingdom.” When said verbally, there were no hugs or embraces, just a solemn, knowing nod and a loving smile.


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