As I sit here and smell the yeasty mixture rising, I think of a sermon I heard long ago, in a church I was only visiting for a day while spending time with my family in Connecticut. The pastor spoke about one of Jesus' parables of the kingdom of heaven.
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened." --Matthew 13:33
She talked about how the kingdom of Heaven is found in the ordinary events of daily life, such as a woman baking bread. Many people today do not bake their own bread, and so this image is probably lost to much of the modern world.
But I love it. I love that God is present in the everyday events of life, that in baking bread I can think about ways in which the kingdom permeates our world and culture without us even taking notice of it. Because isn't that the point of the parable? Do we see each grain of yeast in the dough? No. But we can see its results. We have to use one of our other senses, the sense of smell, to know it is there. Likewise, sometimes, even though we may not be able to see the kingdom of God, we can sense it in other ways.
How do you see the results of the kingdom that you didn't know were there initially? In what ordinary ways in your everyday life do you encounter God?