So I’m writing from my CLEAN patio with a glass of peach mint iced tea. Slightly sweet, slightly southern 100% delicious.
The promo videos for the “why” series had me really sort of nervous about it. They showed an old man grieving his daughter through flashbacks of birthdays and tea parties, and they made me cry. The “why” of death and tragedy is something I spent a lot of time on, what if my church made a stand that fly in the face of that? Would I wind up feeling alone and confrontational? Because that would suck.
Turns out that’s not even a concern and today’s message was all about Why we don’t always feel God’s presence, and since I’m a human type person I can say with honesty that I don’t always feel it.
“Serving and knowing God is more about faith than about feelings” and I would add that it’s about faithfulness. I seriously enjoy the concept of God’s love as a radio frequency thats floating through the air around us. This concept ties right into my determination to choose joy and have gratitude in my life, no matter what. If we aren’t feeling God’s love, his power or his blessings it’s only because we are picking up other, less nourishing signals. We are honing in on the wrong things like the dishes, what other people are doing or worse still country music or even worse The Jersey Shore.
What I loved about this teaching is that it made feeling God’s presence into something we could act upon, not something we have to wait around for. Not that I am saying that I don’t over sensationalize it and that there isn’t sin between God and I but I will say again that my biggest problem in this area is that I am simply too distracted to make time for God or to notice that he is in fact the author of all the beauty that surrounds me.
If I think back over my life upon the times where I did feel God’s presence the most it would have to be the season that surrounded the death of my Mom. I can honestly say that in that season my soul didn’t really walk the earth, rather I floated through, carried by a wave of prayer and support. God was always with me, like gray light and I don’t think I breathed a prayer much more complex than, please get me through, help me heal and thank you for your provision.
And I think that’s the essence of the presence of God, it’s small gifts and constant awareness that amounts to a powerful relationship that changes everything. His presence brings strength, power, joy and contentment. It’s just the best possible way you could ever do life.
Extend your antenna, clean the grime from your eyes and see that raw beauty that is God’s presence in your every waking moment. You’ll start to feel him and his provision sustaining you through the calm of a hot shower or the simple gift of a peanut butter sandwich. All the sudden you realize that all the songs you sing at church are real, he is the composer of your life.
May we feel him almost physically this week.
– What is the roadblock that is keeping you from feeling God’s presence in your life?
– In what season of your journey did you feel God’s presence the most?
– If you did church with me today, what struck you the most memorably? If you were to post a sticky note thought, what would it say?