Have you ever wondered if God is real? Is He really alive? And if He is, does He care about you? If you know without a doubt that He’s real, do you ever have trouble “seeing” Him in the world, in other’s lives or in your own? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone. The majority of people in the world feel the same way. If you’re a visual, artistic, or relational person like me, you probably need to see to believe.
Did you know that the one thing that separates Christianity from every other religion in the world is that we worship a God who is alive? Yes alive. Jesus is alive today and at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. And God lives in our hearts in the person of the Holy Spirit.
Enough of a Bible lesson, right? You still need to see. If Jesus is alive, why can’t we SEE Him?
This weekend, I was thinking that same thing. I believe that with my heart, but I wanna believe with my eyes too… I’m visual, I can’t help it!!
Sunday morning, I stood in the middle of the worship experience at my church, just not feeling it to be completely honest. While others were singing and raising hands, I stood there like a statue. I closed my eyes to drown out the distractions and prayed, “Jesus, I need to see you today. Be glorified to reveal yourself to me in a very real way in this day! I know You’re with me, but open my eyes to see You and ears to hear You. Speak to my heart.”
Mike Madding, my pastor and friend, began speaking about an unconventional take on the Christmas Story, the exact same story I had blogged about a couple of months ago. You may remember the title, “Get Up” https://riveradouthit.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/get-up/. Mike used that same phraseology, “Get Up, get moving, flee if God says move”! Wonderful point if I do say so myself;) So I thought, “Okay that’s cool. Either God gave us the same ideas, or Mike read my blog:)” It was all good either way. Could I see God in that? Sure, maybe a little!
A little history behind the next point is that I bled my heart out penning my thoughts on Saturday about temptation, thought life, keeping a marriage pure and so on. This writing came as a result of a few conversations, one in particular, over the past couple of weeks. The beginning of my thoughts on this conversation produced the “Time to Chat” post last week https://riveradouthit.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/time-to-chat/. Bits and pieces of Saturday’s bleeding out were going to make up a post for today. (Stayed tuned. It should be posted tomorrow instead).
To make a really long story short, Mike Madding went on in his sermon to talk about much of what I had written on Saturday. Even his scripture references were the same. Could I see God in that? Absolutely!
Not only that, but I randomly listened to a message this week during my morning walk about prophecy and end times. The person teaching read from Revelation 19 about Jesus riding in on a white horse and kicking butt in the last days. As if the other points in Mike’s message weren’t in my face and crazy enough, at the end of His message, Mike read that very same scripture, Revelation 19.
It was as if God was screaming in my ear, “See Me now? Is that enough for you or do you need more?”
During the message, God was also speaking to my heart very clearly to speak to the woman beside me. First I argued that I didn’t know what to say to her, then I did it! There’s a really awesome story with that too. Maybe that’ll be another blog post, a different day. But boy was God ever-present! He wowed me with one thing after another. Did He have to? No! But He chose to. He loves me, and that’s relationship! That’s doing life, that’s being real and showing Himself to be alive and active and present!
I wanted to share this so you too could witness God revealing Himself in a real way, following a simple prayer prayed in faith. He will do the same for you.
It’s really sweet and endearing of Jesus to humor me by showing Himself to me. But I’m reminded of what Jesus said to Thomas,
“Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29
Oh and by the way, I would highly recommend listening to Mike’s message this week at http://www.covechurch.org #good one!