By: Bryan Marvel
One of my fundamental convictions and beliefs about the Christian life is that God is always present and at work.
In John 5, while being persecuted by a group of religious leaders for healing a man on the sabbath, Jesus said, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working (v17)."
I find that to be an incredibly comforting thought. God is always present. He is always at work in my life. He's always seeking to engage me in whatever circumstances I'm experiencing. But, the truth is, it doesn't always feel that way, does it? Sometimes it feels like God is distant and aloof. That he's absent, or that he doesn't care.
But that's more a perception than reality. Sometimes we miss out on the ways God is present and at work because we are looking for God in really big and dramatic ways when God is present in small and subtle ways.
The story of Elijah on Mt. Horeb is a great example (1 Kings 19). While resting in a cave on the mountain, God tells Elijah to go out of the cave because His presence is about to pass by. Then all sorts of wild natural manifestations of God's power take place. There's a strong wind that almost rips the mountains apart. There's an earthquake, and then a fire. But scripture tells us God wasn't present in any of those things.
Next, came a gentle whisper. And we are told that God was in the whisper. I tend to look for God in the earthquakes, windstorms, and fire, but God is often present as a gentle whisper.
In seasons of life when it feels like God is absent and aloof, we need to create space in our lives to look for God in the simple and subtle things. It's also helpful to hear from others about what God is doing in their lives. Sometimes when God seems distant, it's easier to see God at work in others' lives rather than our own. And hopefully, by recognizing his presence in their life, it helps us see his presence in our own lives.
So today, we are launching a Meadowbrook Church blog to create space for people to share stories and reflections about where and how God is at work in their lives, in hopes that we will be more able to see where and how God is at work in our own lives.
We hope that you will join us on this journey as well as contribute along the way. Be looking for a new post next week.