Have you ever had an experience or a moment where you felt God’s presence unexpectedly? Most of our encounters tend to be either in worship during a song or sometimes during an intense time of prayer. But have you ever had a visit from God outside of these cases?
At times maybe you have been moved by God from something in nature – a beautiful sunset or a powerful thunderstorm. Maybe it was in a moment of tragedy or in an experience with an act of heroism where you could sense His presence.
In all of these cases where suddenly God is in our midst, how do we respond? Are we like Peter, scrambling for something to do, or do we move on quickly, made uncomfortable by the unfamiliar? Or is yours a different reaction?
When God is present in a song or time of prayer during worship, I hope the moment never ends, that the song or prayer just goes on forever. I find the same desire to extend His presence during a storm or other event in nature, but that too always ends. Although all of these experiences come to an end, there is no denying that God has been intimately present.
And what is our repsonse? What do we do with this amazing divine encounter? Immediately after the expereience, our common feeling is awe – sometimes we are hardly able to express what we feel in words and sometimes we feel as if we cannot believe what we just experienced. As the feeling of awe passes we usually move to thanksgiving and often to praise. It is the natural response of a grateful heart. It is essential that we always offer our thanksgiving and praise, for we have been directly blessed by the living God. Today, may you be blessed by our living God!
Scripture reference: Mark 9: 2-9