We tend to believe that we have to stop what we’re doing in order to experience God’s presence. But we don’t need to switch activities. We need to invite him into whatever we are doing in the moment. Being with Jesus has less to do with what we’re doing and more to do with simply waking up to his presence.
While Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, her sister Martha was distracted by all the work she had to do in the kitchen. Jesus gently challenged Martha’s decision to allow distraction to pull her away from his presence. (Luke 10:38-42) Here are three steps that will help you resist the temptation to be distracted and consumed by the activities of life and experience God’s nearness whether you are sitting, standing, walking, running or climbing.
Learn to live in the moment – There is only one time that you can experience God’s presence and that’s now. Never the past and never the future, always and only NOW. Some of us have to let go of the past. Some of us have to resist the temptation to live in our tomorrows.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now Matthew 6:34 MSG
Invite Jesus into your whole life – Start your day with a prayer of dependence. Jesus, I need your wisdom and strength and joy. I will not live the way I need to without your help. Pray in the shower. Connect with God over your meals. Invite him into your career. Don’t hesitate to include him in your hobbies. Ask him to be present in your home. You don’t have to stop what you are doing, just invite Jesus to do it with you.
Tune into your pathway – Each one of us is unique. We are wired differently and God is big enough to accommodate every variation. There is enormous freedom in identifying and embracing the way you connect with God. If you’re not sure how to connect with God, here are some well-traveled pathways to test out:
- Some connect with God through stimulating reading. They love to study Scripture and read what others have learned about the Word of God.
- Some connect with God in their relationships with others. Jesus said wherever two or three are gathered together in his name, he is there. (Matthew 18:20) Small groups and community experiences become indispensable for these folks.
- Some connect with God through serving. Jesus said whatever you do for the least of these you do for me. (Matthew 25:40) These people experience the presence of God powerfully as they serve.
- Some connect with God best in creation. They find something life-giving and God-breathed about nature. You can be fully absorbed in a beautiful Texas sunset.
- Some connect with God best through worship. Something deep inside them feels released when praise and adoration are given.
God is omnipresent. He is everywhere all the time. We just need to wake up to the reality of his presence with us.