Not too long ago I wrote a blog about spending my day with Jesus. If you have not read it feel free to check it out here on www.redwoodperspective.com. Basically, I woke up one morning wanting to know what it would feel like to spend the day with Jesus – the same way some children have imaginary friends. The day proved to be unforgettable and a day that I did not want to end.
Although God is always with us, how often to we stop to acknowledge His presence? Better yet, how often do we realize that we are in His presence ALWAYS?
That day, I made a conscious effort to invite God to spend the day with me. I asked Him to be my special guest. Then, with intentionality and purpose, I made sure not to leave Him behind no matter where I went that day. Yes, He went to Wal-Mart with me as well as the nail spa. I did not order Him dinner at the drive thru! I am not sure if Jesus approved of the nutritional content at Taco Bell!
I have shared my day with my readers via my blog and also some of those closest to me in conversation. The response has been amazing. The funny thing is that whenever I write a blog, I always do so with the prayer that God can use it to reach at least one person – the person who needs it most. Perhaps that day, the person that needed it most was ME! The blog as well as the overall experience has been close in my thoughts ever since.
I should clarify that I am not attempting to “personify” God in any way or to commit blasphemy. It is nothing like that. It was more like imagining spending the day with the ultimate King. I offered respect, apology, thanksgiving, accepted correction – I was on my “almost” best behavior. I slipped up a few times! Road rage got me.
The thing is God is with us everyday, everywhere and all of the time. Most of the time we are just too busy or self-absorbed to notice. This is even more true when things are going along quite well. Most of us tend only to think about God in times of trouble or need. We are missing out in such a big way on our everyday God!
Imagine that you are commuting to work and traffic is crazy but you are not stressed at all! The people that you work with are “worldly” but you are set apart. You do not feel better than they are but you do feel different. You find gossip bothersome. Backstabbers beware – I brought God today! You feel like a cheerleader for those doing well in their position and receiving recognition. Jealousy has no place in your heart. This one happened to me. I was walking to the check out at my local grocery store when someone cut me off and took my place in line. She knew exactly what she did and sheepishly asked if I wanted to go ahead of her. I felt incredibly patient and my blood pressure did not elevate. This is possible! When you are aware that God is with you, His peace surrounds you. You become more aware of how you should act compared to how you normally do. Suddenly, you are holding yourself to a higher standard – God’s standard. After all, He is in the seat right next to you! He is walking by your side through the grocery store and he is in the extra chair in your office. He is at the water cooler. The break room. Imagine Jesus just hanging out – wanting us to speak His name in everyday situations and ask Him to help us with our decisions! So many people struggle with making decisions because they make them on their own!
I personally do not want to go back to putting Jesus on a shelf and leaving Him in my office. I want to remember that He is with me Always! I do not know what that looks like for you. I do not know what you must do to remember that God is with you. Maybe it is a sticky note on your door as you leave for work that says “Remember The Lord.” Maybe you need to buckle Him in that empty seat as you drive to work in the morning? A rubber band on your wrist? I ordered a bracelet that simply says, “in His presence” as a reminder. I am hoping that constantly being aware (or at least being aware more often that I have been) that I am in His presence will alter my attitude, thoughts and behavior. I want to be the person that I am when Jesus spends the day with me.
Until next time,
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