I wait in the dark silence. Not a sound is heard. The stillness is almost deafening, but I wait.
I watch. Peering the horizon of my soul for a glimpse of heaven to enter my circumstance.
I pray. Silently waiting, watching, and bearing my soul to the God I cannot see, but whom I know hears me.
“Be still. Listen. Pray.” I whisper these words to my soul because my prayer has become conversation with God.
It’s not about steps or ritual. It’s about engaging God who is real, alive, and active. It’s invitation to live faith aloud and with all my human imperfections. This leaning into spiritual life and conversing with God in the here and now is what matters. It is our way of waging good warfare that we might overcome in the ordinary, everyday mundane. When prayer is a conversation with God, it changes us. It changes our perspective. It brings us nearer to God, and we find tenderness in our souls to hear His voice.
So we keep on in the wait, the watch, and the pray knowing that we are building our faith and trust in God.
I think of these things when I ponder breaking away from the busyness of life and AlltheThings vying for my attention. This past August, I took a month of from social media rarely trying to check it or post to it. I wasn’t perfect at it, but that wasn’t the goal. My desire was to get back to balance and important things, so I participated in the #JustBeHereWithMe challenge. Being present was the goal. Present to life, living, real life relationships, and showing up and engaging the ordinary, everyday mundane.
Can I be real with you? God is always offering us real and intimate relationship with Himself. We have been invited to connection to God. I have wondered how many of us would be willing to say, “Lord, just be here with me,” to deliberately seek and invite His presence in our lives.
Of course it’s wonderful to be able to say those words as though they were (and they are!) God’s whisper to us. But … what if God longs to hear us say those words to him? Stop. Ponder. Consider this thought.
“Lord, just be here with me.” This would not surprise Him. It is the kind of invitation in which He delights. I hold these words in my heart. Where do I need Him most? Is my life off kilter? Is there something missing in my walk with Him? God desires relationship with us. When we speak the words, “Lord, just be here with me,” we are welcoming Him to be present and with us in our here and now.
Immanuel – God with us actually wants to be with us – with you, with me. How is this possible? Because Christ has made a way for nothing to come between God and us. Where there once was a wall of separation, Christ demolished and became the way we gain access to God. Walls are obliterated, and we have a choice. We can choose relationship with God who promises to never leave us nor forsake us. When prayer is a conversation with God, we engage the reality of His personhood in our now.
Even if we are overwhelmed by life or circumstance, we can whisper, “Lord, just be here with me,” and He comes. His presence embraces us. He draws us near to us as we choose to draw near to Him. Again, I speak these words in hopeful expectation, “Lord, just be here with me.”
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