Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Presence of God

You are all standing here today in the Presence of God, your God - Dut 29 v 10

Remembering this today, tomorrow, the next day and forever is something I need to do. Too often I forget that I spend my days & nights in the presence of my God.

When I think how this knowledge lived out could have changed my yesterday I cringe. How will it change today? That's yet to be seen. But I need to live in the light of that knowledge more than I do.

Steve on Sunday whilst preaching on our current series at MKCC, 24: A Day with God, talked about the difference between trying and training.

It sent my mind back to a book based on the letters of a man called Brother Lawrence - Practicing the Presence of God. Born very poor he ended up working a mundane lowly job in a monastery kitchen cooking & cleaning. This is what he said:

"Nor is it needful that we should have great things to do . . . We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and that done, if there is nothing else to call me, I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up but a straw from the ground for the love of God."

"I began to live as if there were no one save God and me in the world."

Together, God and Brother Lawrence cooked meals, ran errands, scrubbed pots, and endured the scorn of the world. Now that’s perspective.

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