I felt like I was going through the motions of life, but without the joy. “Lord, where is my joy today” I kind of whined. I was walking along a river and my surroundings were beautiful but I just wasn’t feeling it. I knew Jesus was there but I was yearning for something more this day and wasn’t sure what. I felt cantankerous and out of sorts. I just kept walking. All at once Jesus was on the scene. Activity was going on all around me, but it was as if I was encapsulated in the sweetest air that was almost palpable. I stopped, took a deep breath and looked up. There above my head on a bare tree branch was a lone sparrow. He was hopping around and just stopped when I looked at him and looked right back at me. At that moment I remembered Jesus words in the Sermon on the Mount:
“Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.” (Matt 6&10)
Honestly, at that moment I had this profound sense that Jesus knew what kind of day I was having and He was letting me know through this little sparrow just how important I was to Him. Interesting too that I was having a woman kind of day where I felt totally unattractive, and then He shows me this unattractive little brown bird. And at that moment I saw the sparrow through His eyes and I actually felt love and was delighted with the little guy. Jesus cared that I was having an out of touch kind of day and He was walking with me through it by sharing this little bird with me.
We have three choices each day, the way I see it, to experience Jesus in this way; in our every day get up-wash face-eat breakfast-do laundry-clean house kind of day.
♥ Choice #1: When you rise in the morning, at that moment, make a conscious, determined decision that He is present no matter how you “feel”. Don’t assume that because you are feeling a negative emotion that He isn’t right there. He didn’t say I will be with you only on good days, He said I will be with you always.
♥ Choice #2: Start talking. Yes, acknowledge His presence and start talking to Him. This takes effort. We are so in tune to having a visible person in our presence when we are talking that it is hard to just start talking to Jesus about just anything. You see, I believe that God created us for His pleasure and companionship. Didn’t He walk and talk with Adam and Eve before the fall. When sin entered in it cut them off from enjoying God’s daily tangible presence in their lives. So tragic. But then Jesus came to restore the fellowship with God that we were created for. He paid the price for our sins long ago so that we now have direct access to God through His Son who is perfect in every way, and He says, when you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. We can walk and talk with Him now just like Adam and Eve did. I know this to be true because I do it. So, as an act of your will, start talking. Tell Him how you feel that day. Tell Him your concerns, joys, and about the things you need to surrender to Him and are struggling with. Don’t forget to be thankful and tell Him of your love for Him.
♥ Choice #3: Exercise your faith. Believe He is there because He is. (In Him we live, and move, and have our very being). Remember faith is something you can’t see or feel but simply must believe because He says it is so. So, keep talking and believing and this will move you into the realm of the His spirit.
You will be rewarded with a tangible presence of Jesus Himself. This kind of walk doesn’t come over night. It takes time to develop. But why on earth, if we know this kind of relationship with Him is possible don’t we want to take the time to press into it. And keep pressing into it until we begin to hear His voice. Yes, He will talk back. You will become more and more able to know it is really Him speaking. You will be conversing with God!!! He will not let you down.
Most people I know who struggle with this have a hard time believing it is His voice they hear. He is always talking, we just don’t believe it is Him. Have wildly abandoned faith, friends. Be willing to get outside the box of your doubt and unbelief and just write down what He says that you think you are making up. That is His voice. It comes as a thought you know you didn’t think.
I invite you to comment on this blog and share with me your encounters with Jesus that transcends earthly understanding. We are all unique and HE works in so many different ways. Would love to hear your stories!!
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