Henry with one of his toys
I was cleaning out some drawers in the bathroom this week, and then I saw it—Henry’s ball neatly deposited right in the middle of the trash can I was using. I smiled. My daughter’s beloved dog has a way of positioning his toys in the midst of whatever we are doing. I have found his toys in the dishwasher, on top of my crawling grandson, and at my feet when I’m sweeping the floor. Henry sneaks up and quickly drops his cherished toy into whatever has my attention at the time. He’s hoping I’ll recognize his presence and start interacting with him (usually through a rambunctious game of fetch). He engages with the entire family this way.
So does the Lord. Not so much with a toy, but with His presence. He’s with us always (Matthew 28:20), and He gives us opportunities every day to recognize and enjoy His nearness to us. When we take the time to acknowledge Him and His activity around us, we experience the joy of intimacy with Him. When we communicate and fellowship with Him, we find true delight.
The Lord gives us several ways to engage with Him in the midst of our daily activities:
The Bible tells us about the Lord and His promises toward us. We know Him better as we read His love letter to us and think about what He says. God breathes life, truth, and awareness of Him into His Word (2 Timothy 3:16).We can better connect with and enjoy Him through His Word. We can make His Word a part of our daily living.
When we talk to God and listen to what He says, our connection with Him grows. That’s prayer. We can set aside specific times to intentionally connect with Him, and we can simply talk with and listen for Him as we go about our daily activities. That’s how we can pray without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
We also are instructed to give thanks in everything (1 Thessalonians 5:18). As we walk through each day, we can intentionally look for God’s presence and activity around us—in the smile of a loved one, in a beautiful sunset, in a much-needed rain, in the comfort of a friend. And we can thank the Lord for being present to us in those things.
The church is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12). We have the opportunity to experience different aspects of the Lord through His people. We can encounter His love, grace, compassion, wisdom, faithfulness, and so much more as we engage with His people.
When it comes to Henry, we don’t have to look far to find him. He’s always nearby, eager for some interaction. How much more so is the Lord ever present—and eager to welcome us with open arms as we choose to connect with Him.
Question: What are some ways you have found to acknowledge and enjoy God’s presence? Comment at the link below.
Susan Jane King