Day 3: God Is With Us

 

God Is With Us 24-7

“So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: ‘Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us, for “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “For we are indeed his offspring.” Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.” (Acts 17:22-29)

God is never far from us. God might feel distant sometimes, but He isn’t. Our feelings can easily mislead us. God doesn’t leave us, He doesn’t abandon His creation to fend for itself. Due to human nature, we are the ones who distance ourselves from God.

Without intentionally welcoming God into our midst it can be easy to spend our days preoccupied with earthly activities. God is always with us 24-7, but if we don’t take time to stop and acknowledge his presence we will easily miss Him being within our midst. We will miss out on His spirit comforting us when we feel fear, anxious, anger, or any other toxic emotion. We will miss out on celebrating with Him the things that bring us happiness, laughter, accomplishment, and other pleasant experiences.

Mindfulness helps us to welcome God into our midst. As we make our way through the day mindfulness reminds us to not fixate on the past or worry about the future; we remain in the present being thankful to God for where we are right now no matter what might be happening around us. As things are going well, we give thanks. When things are not going well, we give thanks. God’s dwelling in our midst is not contingent on our earthly circumstances.

Looking forward to tomorrow where we will learn more about examining our day with God and gratitude in mind.

Mindfulness Action:

Before you begin one of your prayer times today, take 5 minutes before hand to sit silently in a comfortable position. Pay attention to how you feel physically. Starting from your head down to your toes. Do you feel tense, relaxed, tired, energetic, anxious, bitter, judgemental? What are you feeling physically and emotionally?

At the end of the 5 minutes reposition yourself and prepare to pray.

Say aloud: “God, I welcome you and your Holy Spirit.”

Remain still and silent until you are ready to pray.

Afterthoughts

Afterwards, without self-judgment or criticism ask yourself how this experience was for you.

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