Eyes Open to the Presence of God

I was talking with a very impressive student this week: she’s smart, a good thinker, a leader. She seems like a person with an amazing future in whatever occupation God leads her into. She has a great family and a wonderful relationship with her father. She knows the Scriptures. During our conversation, I asked her, “Have you ever experienced the presence of God? Have you ever been in a place where you felt like the Lord met you in a very real way and God seemed almost tangible? When the space between heaven and earth was very thin between you and our God?” She looked at me with a blank stare and said, “No, I've never even considered that.”


So I suggested to her that we ask the Lord to show up and show us His presence. Risky behavior, I know! But we sat there for probably five minutes with no one saying a word. I could see her thinking, “How long is this going to last?” But then, tears started to form in her eyes. Her hands, instead of being closed, began to open up. Her arms unfolded. And the Spirit of the Lord just ministered to her—no words, no books, no videos, no Christian music—just two people sitting on a bench asking God to show up.


Could it be that we make the presence of God either too much for us to handle or we make it too complicated to get into the presence of God? We don't need all of the activities and all of the stuff that most of us surround ourselves with. We need simply to be in His presence.