Presence. One word. This one word has been the topic of almost all of my conversations with God lately.
A few months ago, I felt his nudge to be present every moment of every day. You see I’m human. I catch myself mumbling a response to my sweet children when I’m busy in the kitchen and they’ve each already asked me a hundred questions. (That makes 400 questions in case you’re wondering.) Mumbling isn’t my intention at all. My heart longs to cup their precious chins in the palms of my hands and speak tenderly straight to their hearts. My flesh is weak and terribly tired by 5:00 most days.
As soon as God announced the challenge, I began to look for ways to say ‘yes.’ I turned off the computer, put down the phone and recharged before the school day ended. Being present is what I want to teach them. I want them to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are the most important treasures God has given me.
This morning God whispered, “Presence.” I feel it was an invitation to a deeper awareness of his presence because he is ever-present, always with me, always moving and never leaving. I want to live my life even more conscious of his presence not just “in my life,” but in my all-day-everyday. Without his presence I have no life.
Especially with the holidays approaching, his presence is something I want, I need, I desire. Christmastime is certainly not the time to take his presence for granted in an effort to mark chores off a list. One of the reasons I love Christmas because it’s when Jesus is most commonly referred to Immanuel, or God with us, a constant reminder of his sweet presence permeating our stinky world and individual lives.
And then he reminded me that his ever-present presence was his present to me on my birthday.
Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn't play hide-and-seek with us. He's not remote; he's near. We live and move in him, can't get away from him! Acts 17:27-29