“And I’ll stay right here, your good name my hope, in company with your faithful friends.” Psalm 52.9
I wish I could can my Sunday night experience and give it to every new and bruised God seeker. The experience would need to be in 3-D virtual reality; capturing the total scene, old pub smell, shadows, music, God passion, and the Spirit moving. I do not know how the movement of God on people’s hearts would come out, guess God would need to direct and produce the show! As worship ends people sat quietly and worshipped God in their own ways. Each person with the heads bowed in silent respect, looking to give himself or herself as a act of worship, and looking for God presence to fill their total being.
The last few days were ones of intentional personal reflection and aloneness. What did I hope for in my life? What did I want to happen today, next week, and next month? What stop am I nearing in my journey?
There are so many miracles visible around me. Some people dismiss the small as coincidence, random events, though I know with certainty otherwise. Other miracles are too big, too direct for this conclusion. In these cases, it is often easier to deny the reality of God’s action than admit the impact of his grace. God’s hand is out in the open, full of grace, love, and acceptance, working the angles. Why should I fear for the present and future?
The answer is obvious and humbling. My fear and doubts directly reflect my failure to trust completely in every choice I make. My life is full of imperfection and it is not improving. As I walk closer with God, my vision clears and I see how far away I am from the source of peace.
I find the reminder of hope in David’s model. A simple two steps.
Stay in God’s presence. Worship in the company of people seeking God’s presence.
The invitation is open for each of us. Come, rest in God, and find true peace.