What Are You Doing?

Some years ago I had a girlfriend, and of course we liked to be together and do things together. I remember that every time she called she would always say hello, and then ask, “What are you doing?” That’s the mark of someone who loves you: they want to be with you, doing what you’re doing.

Every time I get to Ecuador, I start out by going about and greeting people I haven’t seen in a while. I get invites from families to eat, sometimes I head out to just go and visit homes. I spend time playing with the kids. I observe, listen, ask questions, tell about my time away, take everything in. And I always ask the question, “What’s new?” At the end of the day, I then go to prayer, and I start to reflect and listen there, bring out the things I heard, my own thoughts and desires, and other inspirations or frustrations or questions. I try to listen to what comes to me, notice what scripture I’m drawn to. That’s day one!

I basically repeat that each day for a while. What I’m doing is asking God, “What are you doing?”

And then, things start to happen. I start to get “Aha!”s, I start to get some sense of how to respond, what plans to start to make. And I start doing things. Then, I start to sense something: I’m with God, doing what He’s doing.

Jesus learned about life by living with his Father. That means that he spent his time looking to be with Him, doing what He was doing. He spent his time with people, with God, asking, listening, observing, reflecting. That is the mark of love.

We are children of God. That means we are invited to be with Him, doing what He is doing. What it means to serve God and neighbor is to listen to people and to Him while asking that important question.

What are you doing?

Amen, amen, I say to you, a son cannot do anything on his own, but only what he sees his father doing; for what he does, his son will do also.” (Jn 5:19)

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