Glimpses of God ~ A Picture of Contentment
Have you ever experienced a moment in your life when you knew that you knew, that God was in it? A moment that was filled with such perfection that you desire to have more moments like that? I had a moment like that, and it is still with me today! I will never forget it!
I call those Glimpses of God!
After I experienced it, I remember praying that my home would be a peaceful place for my family and their friends - a place where they could encounter the presence of the Lord and His peace that transcends all understanding.
Over the years, God has granted my request that I prayed that night. We have had countless friends of ours and of our children tell us that they feel peace in our home and like being there!
Glimpses of God usually come in the quiet moments. He tells us to be still and know that He is God. (Ps. 46:10). Here are some things that might help you not to miss them:
-Invite Him to come
Start with a grateful heart! Give Him thanks for His blessings in your life and His loving kindness towards you! (faith, health, marriage, family, parents, work, etc.)
-Sing songs of praise to Him
Even if you don’t have the prettiest voice, give Him your best even in the simplicity of the children’s song, “Jesus Loves Me” or any song!
-Pray that you would be mindful of His presence
Sometimes the busy-ness of the day or challenges that we have had can block our awareness of Him. Surrender those things to Him.
-Take notice of Him in the pure and simple beauty of His creation
A sunrise or sunset, the smell of the air, a gentle breeze, birds singing, crickets chirping, the blooming flowers, the autumn colors, the beauty of seasons, etc. He has given you senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch) to experience Him.
-Be comforted by the fact that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever!
He will be your peace too, if and when you will just be still long enough to experience it! He is faithful to allow you a glimpse of Him!
When I have had days that are crazy, busy, or hard, I still reflect on how I felt at that moment in time, long ago!
It was a warm, spring evening just past sunset. There was a gentle breeze from the west blowing in through our living room window causing my curtains to move like a slow dance.
My daughter Tara, and niece Rikki , who was spending the night with us, were in the kitchen quietly making chocolate chip cookies. The sweet smells and the soft light from the kitchen overflowed into our dark and quiet living room where I was rocking my daughter Talia, who was a baby at that time. My son Nate was lying on his tummy at my feet while I gently rubbed his back with my foot.
Everyone had taken their baths and all was quiet in the house after a very active day. The only sounds were the whispers and giggles coming from the kitchen as the girls tasted the cookies, the brushing of the curtains against the wall, and the night sounds outside of our home. I began to quietly sing, “Jesus Loves Me” and a couple of other favorites to Talia and Nate as I rocked back and forth.
When I stopped singing, I could hear Nate’s heavy breathing and see that his body was completely at peace - he was sound asleep. Talia’s eyelids were slowly drooping down. So I continued to gently rock back and forth, softly touching her sweet little face. I don’t actually know how long I sat in that silence! I can only express it as perfect contentment! Talia’s eyes closed and her body went limp- she too was now sound asleep as I held her.
As I continued to rock back and forth, I laid my head back on the rocker and closed my eyes to drink up every second that I could. Then the front screen door quietly opened and Scott came in after having been at a meeting at church. He stopped, and looked at me and asked, “What did I interrupt?” He got a glimpse of God too!
What "Glimpses of God" have you experienced?
I would love to hear your story!
You can share it with me: email@example.com