Thursday, June 21, 2007

God's Presence

When I was 15 years old I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord. This was an important moment in my life; probably the most important moment of my life. But it was actually just the start of the life God had for me. I knew as a Christian God had a plan and purpose for my life. But the challenge was to be in a place where I could sense His presence and His guidance.
Maybe you can relate. Each day of our lives is filled with distractions and temptations and challenges. We wonder where God is in all of it. We struggle to feel God's presence in our lives. And consequently, we make many decisions without God's guidance.
A couple of years after I became a Christian, I was introduced to a book that helped to change my life even more. The book is called "The Practice of the Presence of God" by Brother Lawrence. Brother Lawrence was a cook at a monastery who learned important lessons through his daily chores. He discovered that he could practice being aware of God's presence in his life in a way that is continuous. By doing this he was able to receive God's loving presence more regularly in his life.
Most often we think that great insight and wisdom comes from those with high degrees and theological training. These thoughts of Brother Lawrence showed me that an average Christian who seeks God can find God and commune deeply with God. Through this book I learned how to be more aware of God's presence in my life, and train myself to be in constant communication with God.
Over my next few blogs I would like to break down some of the wonderful truths I learned from Brother Lawrence. I pray that these thoughts that helped me in my spiritual journey will help you in yours.