Saturday, 17 March 2012

The Miracle of His Presence

Today, I sat with a man whose life on earth is waning. When I entered the room, he was groaning a little. I don't think he was in pain, but breathing was hard work, and he was tired. I rubbed his arm and spoke to him, but the groaning continued. I kept rubbing his arm, and began to softly pray, asking God to wrap His arms of comfort around him, to help Him feel the love of the Father, and to take away any fears he might have. Like a warm blanket, His presence spread over that room, and the groaning faded. My friend fell asleep. During the hour I was there, he woke a few times, but he never groaned again.

The presence of God.

Over and over in scripture, God assures us of His presence. "Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you." Deut. 31:6 "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." Heb. 13:5 "No on will be able to stand against you, all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you: I will never leave you nor forsake you." Josh. 1:5. Like a little child who has turned down the bend in the road, and lost sight of our Father, we are constantly needing assurance of the presence of God. Are You still there, Lord? What about in this situation- are You there, now? Our Father lovingly says, "Yes, I'm still here. I will never leave. Never."

When the sun is shining, and the path is straight, we need to practice His presence. Talk to Him. Listen. Read His word. Study and grow. Because in all our lives, the path will twist, and it may be harder to feel His presence. Those are the times when we especially need to hear His whisper, "I'm still here, Right here,"

Today, take a moment to sit quietly. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Welcome God's presence into your day and your life experiences. Ask Him to show you, today, the small miracle of His presence.

How has God revealed His presence to you today?

1 comment:

  1. My church has gone through many serious struggles in the past few years. The congregation has been split over the difficult decision of whether to repair our very old building or tear down and rebuild a modern, multi-use facility. Several of my friends have left our church due to their frustrations with the issues. An arsonist caused additional havoc after starting a fire which was quelled before the building was lost but it was sadly damaged.

    Then, a bright change came along. For nine months we joyfully followed along with our minister as she shared her hopes and fears about the birth of her baby. However, the day after her daughter's birth we were called to gather to pray for the baby's survival and the day following that we were mourning the untimely death of the wee babe. Our minister struggled with her emotions, of course. We all did. How could God allow that to happen? Months later she decided that a move across Canada to be closer to family would help her struggle with depression.

    Our new minister joined us and we began to embrace her enthusiasm and confidence that we could overcome our quarrelling about the building decisions. Sadly her husband suddenly passed away of a heart attack and she has left us for a while to mourn. It seemed like God was not looking out for his congregation.

    Last Sunday after church I attended a meeting to see architectural plans and learn about a compromise which would see the old sanctuary restored but also a new, bright multi-use facility would be fashioned out of our adjoining hall. There were questions and concerns of course. Could we handle the fund-raising challenge? Could we support this decision together? I looked around at the faces and saw hope. I also felt God's presence there in that room. I know others felt Him with us too. Later I realized He had been with us throughout the difficult years but we had stopped noticing Him when we took up our quarrels. How patient our God must be!