Day 59 – What if We Aren’t Here?

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart, for God has already approved what you do. [8] Let your garments be always white. Let not oil be lacking on your head. [9] Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun. 

If we are meant to enjoy life by resting and being connected to our present reality, what happens when we become disconnected? Because when we get disconnected we aren’t aware of God’s presence around us. When we aren’t fully present suddenly life is happening everywhere around us and God’s activity is always somewhere else.

There’s a story in Genesis 28 where Jacob is in-between a “certain place” and grabs a rock as a pillow. He dreams about the next 40 years and wakes up and says, “Surely God has been in this place.” The problem is that God had been there all along and Jacob wasn’t aware of it. It wasn’t “God showed up” – no, Jacob woke up and showed up. If we are not fully present then we will miss what God is doing right now. We will miss everything that God has for us. It’s always weird when I hear people praying for God to “show up and show out”. Fortunately we don’t have to beg God to show up because he is always here. God never leaves us. Rather, we leave him.

What happens when we’re not fully present is the activity of God becomes something that is occurring some place else. You’ll hear about what God is doing in major cities, mega churches, or some major Christian conference and we say, “Oh, I want to be a part of that”, and we don’t realize that the same God is right here doing major things. Why do you think some people leave one church to go to another church? This is what happens when we aren’t where God has placed us. It’s time we wake up and realize that God is here now, because if we aren’t here we will miss God and will always think He is somewhere else. Do not miss God’s activity or time with your family because you are selfishly always somewhere else. Be where you are.

“We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade, the presence of God.” C. S. Lewis

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