God’s Loving Presence and You
What draws you into God’s presence?
What helps you to experience His love most fully?
We are created in the image of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
And each of us is a unique expression of Him.
When He created you, He had a specific person in mind. No one in all the world, throughout all of history is exactly the same as you.
Because we are individually formed, Each of us expresses himself or herself in his/her own special ways. We also receive differently.
What fits you?
Are you drawn to God outdoors, in nature?
Do you find yourself worshipping as you walk through the mountains or ponder incoming waves on the ocean?
Is working in the yard or garden holy time for you?
Do you experience His love in animals, flowers, trees and fresh air?
Are you more on the esthetic side?
Do you find yourself entering God’s presence through more classical music, art, stained glass windows and a beautiful surrounding? Do you soar to the heights of Glory as you listen to such compositions as Handel’s “Messiah: or “Sheep May Safely Graze,” by JS Bach? Do you see God’s love in a painting or sculpture? Are you one who can express praise in one of these forms?
Perhaps you are more on the expressive side.
You like contemporary worship. Dancing, clapping your hands, laughing and shouting suit you well. Form only ties you down. when you are aware of God’s love, you shake, cry, laugh some more or declare His wonders.
You might find that you are more contemplative.
Quiet time alone with your loving, holy Lord; hours lost in prayer and meditation. Soft music fits you much better, if you have noise around you at all. Time alone with God is a delight to you.
Are you a care giver or servant?
Do you find that you are most aware of God as you serve others? Do you find that His presence is real to you as you prepare a meal, check on the neighbor across the street or help with the Sunday potluck? Do you feel most in touch with God as you enjoy the satisfaction and exhileration of knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life today?
Maybe you are a Word person.
As you open your bible and delve into its priceless writings, you find yourself in the throne room, delighting in God’s presence and finding His love in verses such as, “By this we know love, that Christ laid down His life for us…” (1 John 3:16)
When you listen to sermons on Sunday morning, you are fed and blessed. You are encouraged when people share Scripture with you. digging into the meaning of words is your idea of a lovely evening.
Are you creative?
Do you find that its working with wood, painting, sculpting, writing poetry or composing music that draws you into that special place with God?
Don’t be surprised if you say, “Yes” to more than one of these. We are as complex as the One who made us. There is no “one size fits all” or single dimension.
You might find that you experience and express God in ways that have not been described here. What are they?
May you grow more deeply in love with Him; may you blossom and flourish as you come to God in ways that fit His precious creation – you.