“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the Earth.” Psalm 46:10. A verse so commonly known, but yet so rarely acted upon.
How often do you sit quietly and wait on the presence of the Lord to captivate your heart and mesmerize your intellectual thinking?
My answer to this question would be "hardly ever", but I vividly remember this moment just over a year ago while at MCC where I was simply still and waited upon the Lord to show me his divine beauty and endless grace and mercy. The speaker had finished, we were now all instructed to spend a little time with Christ, doing something that made us feel “in touch” with the Spirit. For some that was painting, others, it was writing and for some like myself, it was simply to sit down and bask in the glorious riches of the Father’s love. I placed myself on the floor, hands lifted high, heart far from at ease and tears pouring down my face, and waited on the Lord to speak to me. I demanded to be let into his presence. Over and over again I cried out, “Lord I solely want to be in your presence, even if it’s just for a moment, I need to be in your presence, reveal yourself to me.” After this repetition perhaps 10 times, I was kneeled, hands stretched out, sulking in the presence of the most-high king. It was as if I were a small child kneeling before the father’s throne in humble adoration. In that moment I basked; mind free of thought, heart surrendered and arms stretched wide. It was only for a spit second, but I was finally rejoicing in what seemed to be a divine romance. My heart was free of pain, mind at ease and content, and spirit full of joy and assurance of my father’s love.
I took a few moments to come to terms with who I was and with who the Father is. When I stepped back to encounter His tangible love and sheer gentleness that is when I saw the Father for who he is and when I noticed that I was desperately in need of His love daily.
It is incredibly easy to get caught up in our daily lifestyles and miss what Christ is truly attempting to show us. So, I challenge you, take a moment, simply be still and know that HE IS GOD. Chris Tomlin talks about this relationship in his lyrics to the song “Good Father” when he states, “You’re a good, good father, it’s who you, it’s who you are, it’s who you are and I’m loved by you, it’s who I am, it’s who I am, it’s who I am.” He is a good father and we are endlessly loved by Him, so over break take a few moments and sulk in the presence of our God.
Mahomet YL Leader
This blog is operated by the Young Life Leaders at the University of Illinois & Parkland. A different leader will post daily over winter break. Our hope is to push each other to grow, & to love Jesus more.
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