Where could I go from your Spirit? Where could I run and hide from your face? If I go up to heaven, you’re there! If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too! Psalm 139:7-8 (TPT)
Find Him – Present Series – Part 4
God is in it all: in all things and through all things. Present to everyone, everywhere, willing us to discover him in every moment.
He is present in our joy and pain; to us and with us. And wants us to be present in those things too; mind, heart, and spirit. He is also present apart from us. We can find him in the most unusual, unexpected places. It’s often these surprise findings of God’s presence that impact me most.
I find him in generosity and compassion. In tears and warm embraces. In solidarity and ambiguity. In an encouraging smile while my children tantrum at the store. In the vulnerability of a recovering addict. In the honesty of my partner. In rain and storms and the sun and stars. I find him in old church buildings with paint chipping off the walls, and down by the salty ocean. I find him in the way we treat each other. I find him in the laughter that blankets our table at dinner time. I find him in cancer wards and my daughter’s pre-school where I am confident that every single one of her teachers love her and want the best for her. I find him in coffee and wine. I find him in the most unexpected people, at unexpected times, in unexpected places.
In his book, “The Hungering Dark,” Frederick Buchner said:
“Those who believe in God can never in a way be sure of him again. Once they have seen him in a stable, they can never be sure where he will appear or to what lengths he will go or to what ludicrous depths of self-humiliation he will descend in his wild pursuit of man. If the holiness and the awful power and majesty of God were present in this least auspicious of all events, this birth of a peasant’s child, then there is no place or time so lowly and earthbound but that holiness can be present there too.
And this means that we are never safe, that there is no place where we can hide from God, no place where we are safe from his power to break in two and re-create the human heart, because it is just where he seems most helpless that he is most strong, and just where we least expect him that he comes most fully.”
Psalm 139:7-11 (TPT):
“Where could I go from your Spirit? Where could I run and hide from your face? If I go up to heaven, you’re there! If I go down to the realm of the dead, you’re there too! If I fly with wings into the shining dawn, you’re there! If I fly into the radiant sunset, you’re there waiting! Wherever I go, your hand will guide me; your strength will empower me. It’s impossible to disappear from you or to ask the darkness to hide me; for your presence is everywhere bringing light into my night!”
And finally, because I cannot say it better myself:
“There is a beautiful moment in the Bible when the prophet Elijah feels God’s presence. The Scriptures say that a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart, but God was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but God was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. It was the whisper of God. Today we can hear the whisper where we least expect it; in a baby refugee and in a homeless rabbi, in crack addicts and displaced children, in a groaning creation.” Shane Claiborne, “The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical“
Presence over presents. Hineini, Here I am.
I want to hear that whisper. Do you hear it?
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