Practicing the Presence of God

BrotherLawrenceFinal_lgPracticing the Presence of God is a lovely book of correspondence and teaching by Brother Lawrence, a 17th century monk. When I first read it, I devoured it. Page by page, line by line—I let it seep into my soul and find a resting place in the catalogs of my mind.

You see, I was born a wonderer by nature. The song of a bird, the tightness of the skin on the hawthorn berry, the way the frost glistens on the grass of an open field—these things rarely escape my notice. Yet, the physical presence of the Almighty God, the creator of all these beautiful things, is something I seldom perceive.

It certainly isn’t that I never think of Him. Quite the opposite, actually. I talk to Him. I send up queries on ponderous situations. I ask His advice and council. But to me, His Being is a like the glass of a giant snow globe—covering my surroundings in a protective shield. He is never really there, just overseeing, protecting, and whispering counsel from some far off seat.

This morning, on a walk (and to be honest, many, many times before) God called this notion in to question. He asked me what it would mean if I recognized His very real, and very physical presence in my life—that in fact, at every moment, and in every decision, He is literally there. Yes, I know the verse, “where two or more are gathered in my Name, there I will be also” (Matthew 18:20). But when I acknowledged what Christ had sacrificed so that I could be in communion with God the Father, He promised that he would give me the Holy Spirit as councilor and advocate, and that he would give me Himself (John 14:15-21):

14:15 “If you love me, you will obey my commandments. 14:16 Then I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you forever—14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides with you and will be in you. 14:18 “I will not abandon you as orphans, I will come to you. 14:19 In a little while the world will not see me any longer, but you will see me; because I live, you will live too. 14:20 You will know at that time that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you. 14:21 The person who has my commandments and obeys them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal myself to him.”

Through Christ, I have access to the Father, the Holy Spirit, eternal life with Him, and everything else good and holy.

So what does it mean for me to feel Him here, now, everywhere, every time…? Well, it means everything, really. It means I will never be alone. It means I will always have someone to tell my ramblings to. It means that in every situation, in every possible problem, I will have the Creator of the universe—my best and most loyal friend—by my side…. literally.

Kalene B

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