With the coming of spring this year, I set my heart on the simple presence of God in my life and to fall in love again.
If we want God in our lives, we must look for and abide in the things of God. Paul says that believers are to set their minds on what is pure, lovely, excellent and praiseworthy and God will be with you. (Phil. 4:8-9)
The more we experience God, the more our thoughts will turn to Him and our actions will honour Him. So “go to where you can practice the presence of God.” For me, it is in the quiet of my soul, the faint repetitive sounds that we almost miss, the unexpected but orchestrated…often deep within my own garden. Sometimes, I have run there…sometimes I have walked there reluctantly. For you- it may be different.
Go to the deepest part of your soul where you will be at peace, away from all diversions.
Go often to your garden…into the shadows and respond to its mystery.
Follow your yearnings. Hope to see that which isn’t obvious. The nature of God is to reveal Himself, even in the smallest …
Empty yourselves…adore Him…praise
…and He will come to you.
Sometimes His presence is over whelming and it is difficult to abide in it.
Many years ago when my girls were young, I was sitting in their room while they were having their evening bath. As I waited, thinking of God, I saw in my mind an image of a butterfly emerging out of a pupa. As I watched, this new creature paused for some time on top of its once home as if thinking… daring to imagine what it was about to do. Then slowly…it began to fly. A most amazing transformation took place in my mind as I became the butterfly. I could feel myself rise and fall with the wind as it blew gently on my face. After a brief time, I gently pulled myself away from this vision, needing the familiarity of being alone once again, sitting in my daughters’ room. Comforted by the familiar, I attempted to return to the vision but it was gone. A brief moment…yet long enough to know and believe. “God wants a soul that is searching for Him to be comforted anywhere” and He will come to you.
As Jesus lived every moment in the presence of God and every thought, word and action of Jesus came from the Father…return to the deepest part of your soul and learn to simply live in His presence…that which is real and true. His presence will become more real than life itself.
In the second movement of Dvorak’s New World Symphony, we no longer hear the strains of the old world that begin the 13th Symphony but something new and simple in contrast, and we find ourselves entering into this new world.
In going…turn once more and that which you have looked upon before… many times, will now be incredibly beautiful by the simple act of faith.