The God Where You Are
By Laura J. Bagby
OK. I need to hear from God now. Let's see. How do I do
that? Oh yeah, a daily quiet time. I know what that is. That is
the time that God speaks to me while I read His Word and pray,
usually first thing in the morning or late at night.
And if I
want an extended time with the Lord, I can either take a three-hour
chunk of an evening ponderously praying and doing serious Bible
reading, or I can just block off a weekend for a spiritual retreat
so that I can hear Him. Maybe I should throw in a 40-day fast,
The above activities are what we often refer to in Christiandom
as spiritual disciplines. It is good that we practice the presence
of God and schedule purposeful times with the Lord.
But what if God wants to talk to you right NOW, right where you
are in the middle of your messy, mortal microcosm when you don't
have Bible in hand and you aren't in fervent prayer? Is that acceptable
to you? Are you going to recognize Him in the everyday?
We always think we have to put forth great effort to get God
to speak to us, when in actuality He speaks many times when we
believe we are doing the unspiritual, the ordinary, the menial.
Why? Perhaps God is trying to tell us that He is more down-to-earth
than we think. We want to box Him and put Him on some pedestal
and yell, "Speak, O Wise One!" and decide where and
when and how He greets us.
But God might choose to interrupt your perfectly penciled in
day with a prompting to go pray for someone or a nugget of wisdom
from the Bible or a "well done" pat on the back
smack in the middle of your hey-I-didnt-expect-You-to-show-up-now
We want to pigeonhole God, and then we get upset when He doesnt
do miracles. Well, God might have wanted to do a miracle in your
life at 8:30 p.m., but you had resigned that He could only show
up between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. during your group Bible study. So
where is there time for Him to operate?
Sounds shocking, but if you let Him, God can and will show up
with a spiritual revelation while you are changing dirty diapers,
cleaning your room, fixing a leaky faucet, driving your car, even
in the middle of a shopping trip to the mall.
The reason is God
wants to be a part of your entire life, not just an hour here
and there. He wants to be able to be so intimately familiar with
you that He can show up anytime and anywhere unannounced and you
arent going to freak out or put up a fuss or throw some
pharisaical rules at Him. He wants to know the you that others
don't see. Like a best friend, God wants to count on you to take
Him inside when He comes by, to hear Him out, to offer Him a chair
and something nice to drink as He explains what He wants to tell
Why doesnt God wait for us to act all holy and sweet before
He lands a big one on us? Because if He did, it would seem like
we conjured Him up. It would seem like our appearances of holiness
But God doesnt get into appearances much. God isnt
really that concerned with propriety or manmade rules or religious
overtones. He cares about truth and our character. And character
happens right where we are living it, friends. Character is what
happens in the moment either we yell and scream and pout
and stomp our feet, or we willingly hand over the reigns of our
As much as we would love to be able to ring a bell and call God
like some heavenly vending machine, God is not at our beck and
call; we are to be at His beck and call. We arent the ones
calling the shots; He is.
God speaks when He speaks and exactly where He speaks for a reason.
If we need to hear something from Him, then He will show up. If
we arent ready for the details, He might stay silent. But
since we are meant to do His will, we need to pay attention to
God when He drops in and not shoo him away like some figment of
our imagination or irritating distraction. After all, there are
cases when God might just speak but once. And it might be incredibly
important. If He happens to speak into your ear right in the middle
of your favorite movie, are you going to hear Him? If you expect
Him to enter your world at a moment's notice, then you will attune
your ears to pick up God's signal.
I have gotten words of direction and love from God while standing
alone in the kitchen looking out the window, while making my bed,
while working at my office, while in the middle of
a conference. What freedom and blessing those personal encounters
from the Lord gave! They completely changed my perspective on
God, my life, and myself. I wouldnt have exchanged those
moments for anything.
Perhaps you need a touch from God where you are. Then take time
to remember God in your natural world. Don't be surprised if God
wants to do something extraordinary in your ordinary day. Allow
Him to make the natural supernatural and the mundane majestic.
Lord, I give You permission to enter my world whenever You
wish, to do whatever You wish to do in me and through me. Make
my ears sensitive to Your Voice and my eyes sensitive to heavenly
things even as I go about my day. In Jesus Christ's name, Amen.
Whenever Moses went into the Tabernacle to speak with the LORD, he heard the voice speaking to him from between the two cherubim above the Ark's cover, the place of atonement that rests on the Ark of the Covenant. The LORD spoke to him from there. (Numbers 7:89)
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