This morning, I had a few minutes before the walk to school, so I took out my prayer journal. What did I need? What did the neighbors need? Many things came to mind, but one thought kept recurring. I knew I might pray for prosperity, for health, for safety, for success, or for any host of material things. God says we can ask for anything. But I knew to pray this:
"Jesus, help us see you today."
Jonathan Swift wrote that "vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others." When I look at this day, right now, I know that God is at work. And he sees what I don't see. Through suffering, through disappointment, through fear, through loneliness, God sees what I don't see. I want vision to see, with God's help, what is otherwise invisible. That's flair.
I want to see what God sees. I want to pierce through that layer of my circumstances to perceive that invisible script that God writes. These marks of God's intentions, of God's goodness, of God's love, are here. I pray that God sharpens my vision so I can see them.
My sleuthing for daily flair is really a prayer to see the invisible thing--that underlying beauty and goodness in any situation, no matter how bleak. It's a prayer to identify, in every circumstance, the marks of a spiritual process. When I see that process, I'm suddenly released from fear. I can find hope and love here, even in pain or confusion.
Living with flair means seeing the invisible thing. It means offering up a prayer to find God in whatever situation I'm in because, surely, he is here.