Where is God?

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Sometimes, when you’re going through difficulties, you can start to wonder. Where is God?

This year, as I’ve battled for my health, I have called out to the Lord, asking for eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart of understanding. I have prayed that I would be able to behold the unseen glories of God. Like the prophet Elisha who, when facing a great army, said this in response to his nervous aide’s question “What shall we do?”

“’Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6: 16-17

How awesome to know that my God is greater than any foe!  When I cry out to Him, He answers just like Elisa…”Do not fear.”

I only have to be still to recognize God’s presence.

Because, it’s in the stillness where Mary sits at Jesus’ feet, listening to His words, recipient of a gift that “would not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:42

It’s in the quiet, where David writes the 23rd Psalm, recording for all time the beautiful metaphor of the Lord as a Shepherd who “restores my soul”. Psalm 23: 1-6

It’s in the solitary places where Jesus goes to pray, gaining strength to sustain Him in the fulfillment of His earthly mission; “For that is why I have come.” Mark 1: 35-39

It’s where I found myself as I was watching this video of a song by the late Rich Mullins, marveling at the stunning images and lyrics, caught up in the greatness and grandeur of Almighty God.

In the middle of trying circumstances, questions abound; God, where are you? What do I do? 

But when we quiet our souls and find Him in the stillness, there is an abundance of peace.

Where is God? In this holy hush, I see. I hear. I understand.

God is in me, and all around me.

I don’t have to wonder, when His wonders are everywhere.

* I invite you to pause whatever you’re doing and enjoy this time of stillness. I hope you are able to connect with with God. I pray you will hear Him calling out your name, even as you are calling out for Him.

Calling Out Your Name

Well the moon moved past Nebraska
And spilled laughter on them cold Dakota Hills
And angels danced on Jacob’s stairs
Yeah, they danced on Jacob’s stairs
There is this silence in the Badlands
And over Kansas the whole universe was stilled
By the whisper of a prayer
The whisper of a prayer

And a single hawk bursts into flight
And in the east the whole horizon is in flames
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

I can feel the earth tremble
Beneath the rumbling of the buffalo hooves
And the fury in the pheasant’s wings
And there’s fury in a pheasant’s wings
And it tells me the Lord is in His temple
And there is still a faith that can make the mountains move
And a love that can make the heavens ring
And I’ve seen love make heaven ring

Where the sacred rivers meet
Beneath the shadow of the Keeper of the plains
I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

From the place where morning gathers
You can look sometimes forever ’til you see
What time may never know
What time may never know
How the Lord takes by its corners this old world
And shakes us forward and shakes us free
To run wild with the hope
To run wild with the hope

The hope that this thirst will not last long
That it will soon drown in a song not sung in vain
And I feel thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And I hear the prairies calling out Your name

And I know this thirst will not last long
That it will soon drown in the song not sung in vain
I feel the thunder in the sky
I see the sky about to rain
And with the prairies I am calling out Your name

Praising Him for The Color Green

The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;
the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
and the valleys are mantled with grain;
they shout for joy and sing.
Psalm 65:12-13

Sometimes worship comes easy. But sometimes our hearts need to be reminded of the majesty of God who is, at all times, worthy of our praise.

This video does just that. Reminds us to lift our voices in worship, to join in the anthem of the ages because we know that if we remain silent, the rocks will cry out (Luke 19:40).

No matter where you are or what your circumstances, I hope you will allow one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists, the late Rich Mullins, to encourage you to praise the One who is able to keep you from falling (Jude 1:24), the One who satisfies your desires with good things (Psalm 103:5).

Enjoy The Color Green!

All Your works shall praise You, O LORD, and Your saints shall bless You. Psalm 145:10

 

 

 

Falling On The Unfailing – Word-Filled Wednesday


“The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever.”
Isaiah 40:8

If life has you discouraged, overwhelmed, weighed down.

If all around you – within you – seems to be withering.

If you feel your body is beginning to bend because your spirit is on the verge of breaking.

Then hold tight to the only thing that will never break or bend or wither or fade.

If you feel yourself falling, make sure you fall on the word of God which stands forever. And be encouraged that He will lift you up in due time (ref.1 Peter 5:6b).

Reflecting on this verse in Isaiah brought to mind a song that I want to share with you. Below is a video of the late Rich Mullins singing one of my favorites “If I Stand”. It chokes me up every time I hear it. The performance is as understated as the man was. The words are even more poignant knowing he would pass away not too long after this, his “longing for home” becoming a dream fulfilled. Here is the first part of the chorus:

“But if I stand, let me stand on the promise
that you will pull me through
And if I can’t, let me fall on the grace
that first brought me to you.”

All I can say to that is Amen. Amen!