This January, we’ve focused on one word: PRESENT
For most of us, being present doesn’t come naturally. It’s takes hard work, discipline, and putting others before ourselves.
Don’t get me wrong, I know that God is always with me. But even though I know this to be true, I go through moments, hours, and even days where I barely acknowledge him. And I don’t think I’m alone.
For years, Christians have been trying to figure out how to connect their daily work with their faith. From Brother Lawrence’s The Practice of the Presence of God to Jesus Calling (check out the January 28 entry this week), we long to connect the spiritual with the ordinary. We long to feel God’s presence, even though we know he is there.
Most evenings, I tuck my daughters in bed (ages 8 and 11). After we read and say prayers, they beg me to lay down with them. Even when it’s too late and I’m too tired, I usually give in. So we all pile in the same bed, and I lie between them for about 5 minutes. It’s 5 minutes of pure bliss. Even though we’ve been together most of the evening, we need this time to really connect. Last night, I said to them “You know, this is the best 5 minutes of my day.” And I really meant it.
I’m trying to approach my relationship with God — being truly present — the same way. Even though we’ve been together all day, I haven’t really given him my undivided attention. Sarah Young describes it like this:
When My Presence is the focal point of your consciousness, all the pieces of your life fall into place. As you gaze at Me through the eyes of your heart, you can see the world around you from My perspective. The fact that I am with you makes every moment of your life meaningful. (Jesus Calling, January 28.)
Do you struggle feeling God’s presence throughout your day? How are you working to be present in your most important relationship?
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” ~Matthew 28:20