In His Presence- Present

Sparky in the snow covered field at sunrise

I stared at my computer without an ounce of enthusiasm or creativity.  A mountain of work beckoned me…  With already missed deadlines, bills to be paid, taxes to be done, text messages waiting for answers, dishes in the sink…  Then a phone call halted all of it and paralyzed my ability to do anything productive.

I prayed, but it didn’t help.

I couldn’t focus. The whole time I prayed, I was thinking too much.  You know what I mean?  So, I got my Bible out and read.  It didn’t work either.  The phone kept pinging with new messages.  I couldn’t get my brain on a different track no matter what I did!

So, I ate a piece of chocolate.  And, noit didn’t help.  But it was good.

I went back to the computer and within  seconds, I found myself looking at Facebook posts!  Let me tell you- that never gets you anywhere!

I jumped up out of my seat, turned my computer and phone off, and said “Lord, Help me.  I’m overwhelmed and I can’t seem to get over my own thoughts.  Lead me with Yours.”

I went outside alone, without the world (a.k.a. phone).

I walked.  I just needed to decompress.  I didn’t think about urgent deadlines, people waiting for me, the phone-call, Facebook…  I walked vigorously through the field.  I saw our wood pile and decided to restock our porch for the woodstove.  I hooked the trailer onto the back of the tractor, filled it up, and stacked the wood next to our front door.

I got down from the tractor and started talking to God again.  This time it was different…  Without thinking of what I would I say- I started thanking Him.  His love overcame me and it was gone.  You know– the load I was carrying. I told Him everything that made me feel anxious.  I gave it all over to Him, everything.  He refreshed me and ignited my heart.  By the time I got back to my desk, everything was back in its proper perspective.

Everything was going to be okay, even if by human standards it didn’t look like it… It was. This time I opened my Bible and it was alive.  I came to “Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass” Psalm 37:3-5.

It is nearly impossible to feed on His faithfulness, delight in Him, and trust Him to bring it all to pass when all of our minutes are filled.  Our time is filled with to-do lists, social media, texts pinging.  You name it.  I can’t imagine what it would be like if television took a portion of my day.

When I turned the world off and went into His presence-present, I entered the very sanctuary of God.    And when I did, passion and creativity ignited in my spirit again and the load of this world disappeared.  Oh, to be in His presence is addicting!  My entire thought process was supercharged with the assurance of, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”  And, I did.

You don’t have to have a woodpile or a field to get away from the world. Just leave your phone and worries at home, take a walk and enter into His sanctuary-present.

  • Charlotte Askew said:

    Sharon, thank you! You have no idea how much I needed to read this morning. I am going to do exactly what your message says....shut my computer and phone off and spend time in His presence. Once again, God has used your blog to touch me deeply and I feel sure it will do the same to many others. May you continue to be richly blessed by our Father.

    • Thank You Jesus! Hallelujah! May He bless abundantly in His presence Charlotte!

  • Linda Kreitz said:

    Sometimes I have the same problem...I sit down to read the bible or a devotion book...and I can't concentrate. It's almost like a signal from God that I need to stop and come back later...when I'm really ready to let the word speak to me that day.

    Sharon...a good reminder to us to just "get away with God" each day...and give Him His time...

  • Stephanie Corley said:

    Thank you so much, Sharon, for this post! It was very encouraging to me. My head has been swimming lately & getting away with God is the ONLY solution! I LOVED the picture of Sparky in the snow too! I set it as the background on my computer desktop to remind me to be still & get away with God.

    • You are so welcome Stephanie! I loved that photo too, that's a good idea to make it your background on the computer to remind you of the truth. I might just do that too! Hugs,

  • Joy said:

    Precious friend...sometimes God even enforces the withdrawal...creating intentional time away with Him alone. I know He extended His invitation of His present presence to me through a year of chemo and and cancer. Currently He has me sitting at His feet through the removal of my computer (Chris's computer "died" at Christmas break and so he took mine back to University.). Closing my Facebook account has gifted me more Face-to-face with my Savior. Not taking my phone and iPod with me everywhere I go enables me to hear God calling. Sharon, thank you for confirming this direction to my heart. Wondering what the next step will be to further engage in listening to the Lord and spending time with Him.

    He longs for our companionship. I don't want to leave Him waiting. I'm here Lord. Release the fullness of Your Spirit in me and let's just sit quietly together, enjoying one another's presence.
    I love You Lord.
    Blessings Sharon,

    • You are so right Joy and I love your wording to Him, "Release the fullness of Your Spirit in me. . ." Yes, Lord--I want Your fullness! Hugs, Sharon

  • Janet said:

    my dearest Sharon, this I needed to read and let it sink in. Most of the times now, it seems like I am just on auto pilot. Everyday is just a blur of deadlines, meetings, e mails, phone calls, planning a dream wedding with the love of my life........
    Thank you for reminding me that I should and must seek His presence!
    I know now that every thing will be better, because He is my refuge and my strength

    • My dearest Janet, you are so welcome. As my day closes right now and I'm going to lift you up in prayer. May He bless you abundantly! Love and hugs,