Presence

 

When I think of Jesus I think of Presence.  With Jesus there are so many facets to His presence.  Yes, He is Lord, He is Healer, He is Peacemaker, He is Joy, He is comfort, He is Tender, He is Loving, He is Kind, and He is Complete Wholeness.  All of these attributes occur at the same time and the same and are present for all to partake of.

In Jesus day you got from point A to point B by walking, no horses (unless you were very well off), cars, buses, whatever, you walked.  And likely you walked with someone, family or friend.  This morning I will drive 40 miles north to accomplish one of my tasks for today.  Then I will come home before noon and then drive south 40 miles for the second major task of the day before I come home in the evening.  In Jesus time 40 miles would have taken several days of walking.

Walking any distance allows time for thinking, meditating, praying, sharing and talking with your companion.  You have time to learn about your companion or to possibly discuss and issue and come to a greater understanding and conclusion about it.  You also come to a greater understanding of your companion and how they think and what motivates them, to understand the depth of that person.

Luke 24:13-17: “13 and behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were conversing with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 And it came about that while they were conversing and discussing, Jesus Himself approached, and began traveling with them. 16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?”

How wonderful would it be to be walking and have Jesus join you?  Oh, to tap His Presence, to breathe in His very essence, His wisdom.  But no, we are too busy driving, rushing, from our point A’s and point B’s, supposedly keeping alert and attentive to the road and traffic conditions, but actually fiddling with the radio, the smartphone, checking the gas gauge, conscious but not conscious.  What if instead we turned off the phone and the radio, really focused more on driving but in our mind and hearts we said “Lord, what would you say to me this day.”  Then when the Lord spoke a word we took that word and followed it.  Say God impressed upon you love your neighbor.  Take the time while driving all over creation to explore who your neighbor is He is talking about.  Explore what God’s love for them looks like and how God wants to involve you in His plan for your neighbor, what action He requires of you this day to fulfill His work.

So the question now is whether or not I will spend 160 or so miles driving today practicing the presence of Jesus or will I spend it listening to CD’s, letting my mind wander and ramble, will I spend it yelling at other drivers for being slow, stupid, or just not driving like I want them to. How will you spend your day? I would also ask for prayer today. Pray that Jesus will honor what time I allow Him. Pray that it will be spent in His presence filled with awe and wonder at the Lord of Heaven and Earth who has chosen to ride in my car. I pray that He will ride with you this day and spend it with you.

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