The presence of God is extraordinary. In His presence impossible things become possible. What ever our situation, time in His presence awakens our spirit, mind, will, emotions and body. We are awakened to His splendour and His purposes, and we begin to see our value in His sight, as well as the value of those around us.
It was a few weeks into spring when I walked my favourite path through the forest. The last time I ventured there, the trees and floor of the forest had been bare. This time however, the change was dramatic. Replacing the carpet of dead leaf litter was a swathe of bluebells. Alongside the track, bright-green spring grass grew. The trees already showed signs of new leaf, and the hawthorn bushes were a mass of white blossoms. The warmth of the sun had transformed the forest in only a few short weeks.
The change reminded me of a deep encounter I experienced with the presence of God a few years ago. My wife Nicki and I had heard about a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the South of Wales. We felt God drawing us there, so we headed off in our 20 year old motor home to investigate. We arrived the first evening and were immediately struck by the strong sense of God’s presence in the place. Within two days, at the invitation of the Church leadership, we moved our Motorhome on to the car park of the Church property, and there we stayed.
We felt like Joshua from the passage in Exodus 33:
“So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle.”
Each evening after the meetings finished, the mass of people left the property and the gates were locked. Only Nicki and I remained, immersed in the presence of God which had specially impacted that geographical place.
We spent two weeks there, not leaving the presence of God. Each day we became more alive to Him, and more sensitive to the leading of the Spirit. Just like the forest in the spring sunshine, His presence transformed us. It was a precious time which did much to shape the years that followed.
We don’t all have an opportunity to travel to a place of outpouring but that doesn’t prevent us from encountering the life transforming presence of the Father wherever we may be. Each of us has the opportunity to stop and turn aside to God. Moses could have passed by the burning bush and missed an encounter with the Living God, but he didn’t. He stopped to look.
Often God simply wants us to take a moment to stop and look towards Him. In each and every encounter with God, He brings us alive.
Just as all the potential for growth was already in the forest, so all the potential for abundant living is found in our new nature. The presence of God brings it alive.
Many of us will know people who have been born again but have not taken time to continue the encounter with God’s presence. The new life is in them, but it seems dormant.
Wherever you are on your journey of faith, one moment in the presence of God can change everything.
Today, why don’t you take a moment to draw aside into the presence of God. It’s never a wasted moment, for in the warmth of His presence life emerges once again. We were born to live in His presence. There, and only there, do we truly come alive.
What are your stories of encountering God’s presence? Please leave a comment below.
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