Continuing in our mini-series of learning a new spiritual practice each week, today I’d like to introduce you to the practice of “Discerning God’s Presence from A Lawn Chair”.
Step one is to set up a lawn chair in your front lawn. A porch swing, rocking chair, picnic blanket, or anything like that will suffice. If you do not have a front porch or lawn, you may do this activity at a park instead. Wherever you are, simply sit, and commit to a regular practice of being there.
Step two is to pay attention. What’s going on around you? Who’s outside? What’s the neighborhood like? Get a feel for its rhythms.
Step three: ask questions, and notice God’s activity. What might God be doing here right now? Where is the Holy Spirit moving right here?
Step four is to try out variations. Get out somewhere new and observe. Spend regular time in a coffee shop, library, park, or somewhere else just to see where God might be showing up throughout your community. The more often you do it, the easier it gets.