God is so near. He is in our hearts and all around us. During some quiet moments I have been reflecting on this most wonderful treasure. He can be found in so many different ways. The gentle breeze ever so lightly brushing across one’s face. He is the delight filled morning sounds of a chirping bird. God can be felt in the embrace of a hug. Seen in the bright splendor of delicately opened flower petals. God’s creativity can be seen in the vast variety of leaves, so many shades of life green. God can be felt in a smile blossoming across your face when reminiscing of a sweet time. He can be felt when a word of grace is spoken that brings calm to a rush. The joy of witnessing an act of kindness. All this good is Him! He created it all!! Every single detail of it! God is so magnificent, a few descriptions of Him:
God is breath.
God is light.
God is the source of living water.
God is LOVE.
Our ability to experience these things are because God is so near. Life is wonderous and beautiful with breath, light, water and love. We take for granted God is where we have these wonderful, yet necessary for life blessings. We literally cannot live without these things. God is the only good. Jesus tells us this: “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. No one is good-except God alone.” Mark 10:18 NIV
We call so many things around us good, without even contemplating where good even originated. We say a meal was good, a play was good, a walk was good, a day was good. Goodness is from God alone. On the other hand, it is worth pondering why many things seem to not be going good, not of good report, not good natured, not good or loving.
Perhaps it’s because for quite some time people have asked to keep God out or away. This request literally demands: keep breath away, keep light away, keep love away, get rid of the source of living water-life. And we have watched this kind of godless environment unfold more and more. People so busy and out of “breath”, darkness of depression and stress, anger and divisiveness, absence of love, breeding acts of hate, a “parched and weary” land and people.
Many have not personally asked God to go away, but have gone along with the idea- ok, no to God in school, no prayer before events, separate events from: ones with God and ones without. Leading to no thought of God. A large part American society has not even left room for any time with God. Not even knowing who He is because Bibles aren’t read, church isn’t attended, prayer isn’t on the daily agenda, a total disregard for the creator of the Universe.
The all about me mindset is a primary culprit. God created the earth and knits together every single one of us in our mother’s womb, check out Psalm 139. God is where Love originates and God is LOVE. Think on that! GOD IS LOVE. For us to love and have love, give love, experience love we have to have God because HE IS LOVE! There is no having love without him…He is it! God is such complete and total love he gives us the choice to choose HIM/LOVE or not. He allows us to choose him in our life and he also lets us choose our own way because love grants freedom.
I grew up in a family that God was priority, I was taught staying close to the family of faith was important, being an active part of church was important to many around me. And not for the things one might think…not checking boxes, or earning salvation or even to make God happy. (it is a good thing God’s happiness does not depend on us) These parts of life and prioritizing them are actually a command from God. Not a command of do this or else, but a command because God wants us to have love filling our hearts and lives, he wants us to be encouraged living in His glorious light, because this is the best thing for us! When we live in community and serve others it brings fresh air to our spirits. We feel love and share love. We lighten other’s loads. We are refreshed and we refresh others just like cool water on a hot day refreshes.
I am praying that we will take a minute and look around, How can we bring light, love, breath, refreshment to our communities?
One big step is to actually find out who God is. Not go off some message we heard, video we saw, protest or even friend or family member saying this is who God is. It is quite the thing to hear about someone’s vacation, then tell someone else, hey- this place, I heard is amazing, but one really can’t go into much detail because it was not personally experienced. WE have to go search out who God is on our own. Our most faithful friend or well intentioned family member can’t experience God for us. One can only experience God personally on our own, asking God in prayer who he is, studying his word to discover him, and making it a priority to learn who God is.
We can’t love like God or be filled with love without Him.
What the world offers as “love” is temporary at best, it will fade. Only the LOVE of God is lasting and truly soul satisfying.
I pray we will all grow deeper in our understanding of who God is, that we would live and flourish in this wholly satisfying and life giving LOVE. Praying we will be encouraging others to find out who God is for themselves through prayer and studying Scripture. Praying for those who view God as angry, condemning or flat out believe He doesn’t exist, will take the time to ask the question, “Who is God?” and begin to discover the truth of who He is.
Praying that those of us who do know God will take notice of places that are dark, unlawful, lacking love, lacking light will faithfully pray for God to come to those places like only He can and fill them. Bringing His love, light, breath, and living water. May we continually pray to be filled with the love of God, and take that life giving love everywhere we go. Asking God to fill our mouths with loving words in all the different places we go, filling our hearts with his love to share.
Our neighborhoods, communities, states and nations are desperately in need of God’s love. Let’s bring this LOVE to every place where it has tried to be cast out. No human leader is going to be able to solve the problems we have, as many of the true root problems are not in the realm of human solving. We must invite and exhibit and share God’s LOVE. May we search wholeheartedly to learn of and live in this LOVE.
One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 28-31 NIV
Love in progress,