There are so many voices that clamor for attention in every day life: the people I see face to face, email, phone calls, Face Book, mail, the books I read, the radio I listen to. It’s an incredible thing to stop the noise and be silent. I’d like to give you the impression that because of Christ’s presence in my life, I possess this centeredness, this place of calm and peace. It’s what I crave.
I call with all my heart; answer me, O Lord, and I will obey your decrees. I call out to you; save me and I will keep your statutes. I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in your word…Yet you are near, O Lord, and all your commands are true. Psalm 119:145-147, 151.
That peace, that presence of God is outside me and within. There is a sweet and magnetic ache in my heart that hungers for his presence within me. His Holy Spirit within draws me to his Word. That inward craving isn’t satisfied by things that aren’t true. My heart has this touch of homesickness that is only satisfied by God. Sometimes, I sense his presence; sometimes I don’t, but reality remains the same. He is near:
Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn. Isaiah 60:2-3
It’s a mystery that God dwells within our humble, sinful frames. A mystery that I don’t deserve, but is true nonetheless. I am thankful that his love and his power are far greater than me. May his love shine in all of us today.