“And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.” – Genesis 1:19-21
Question for the day: How many of us experience the presence of God in nature?
I ask this question because, of all the thousands of ways that God communicates, this is the area in which I open myself up to Him the least. I have heard so many wonderful stories from others about the magnificence of meeting God in nature. I, however, can’t really say that.
But my God, in His gracious nature, blessed me this morning. And since it is so out of the ordinary for me, I thought I would share it.
I awoke around 5:30 a.m. before sunrise. The Spirit told me to go outside, so I picked up my Bible and prayer journal and headed to my back porch. I sat there doing all my normal activities: reading through scripture, writing in my journal – but I couldn’t stay focused.
Finally, I heard a voice saying, “Just be still.”
As I sat there listening to the birds singing, and watching the sun I rise – I had a sudden awareness that “God is here, in this place and it has nothing to do with me.”
There is a whole world out there that God created for His glory long before I was in existence. And for me to sit and witness the wonders of creation is very much an act of prayer and worship. I am a very small part of a very big story. And how comforting that is.
I would love to hear how some of you experience His presence through the life of this marvelous world. Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section if you feel so led.
Praise be to You, the Creator of the universe. How blessed I am by the beauty and order of this world You have created. I can see Your divine fingerprints everywhere I look, if I only take the time. Precious Lord, please teach me to see You in the fabric of life. Give me an awareness of Your presence in all the elements. Be glorified in my world today.
In Jesus’ name I pray,
” Among the prophets and teachers of the church at Antioch of Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called “the black man”), Lucius (from Cyrene), Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas), and Saul.
One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.” So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.” – Acts 13:1-3
I love this story. It is one of the clearest pictures in the Bible of the Holy Spirit moving in the midst of believers. It is the story of the commissioning of the Apostle Paul (Saul) in his first missionary journey.
Read it closely. God did not speak to only to Paul and Barnabas about their calling, He spoke to the entire church. And the amazing thing is, everyone heard the same message. And the greatest missionary in the history of the world was launched.
How I thank God that these faithful “church people” opened themselves up to the Lord and were willing to share what the Spirit had told them. I imagine the scene. Which one in the room was the first to have enough courage to say, “I think God wants Paul and Barnabas to leave us and go share the Good News with other folks.” Was he afraid of being ridiculed? Or worse, incurring the anger of others by suggesting such a thing? Regardless of whatever else was going on with this first member, he was faithful and spoke the truth that God had given him.
It is my prayer that this be a faith community of people seeking God, listening for God, and sharing what He is doing in our lives. There is great power to be released in the kingdom when we come together and share our witness to the activities of God in the here and now.
Please join our conversation as you are led through our comment section. And may we all rejoice together in this journey of faith that we share.
Praise be to Your Holy name! For You are a loving and active God. You are continually working in our lives for our benefit. Give us the boldness to be faithful witnesses to Your goodness. Help us as a community to tear down any walls that impede the work of Your Holy Spirit in our church. And bless us with an understanding of Your Will for our community.
May You Be Glorified In Our Lives Today!
In the name of Jesus we pray,
Welcome to My Savior Speaks! An online community dedicated to those seeking to walk more closely with Jesus Christ and to more effectively hearing His voice each day.
As an extension of the Liberty Crossings United Methodist Church Spiritual Formation Ministries, this site is a place to share our journeys of faith as well as our encounters with the living God.
Our community will be characterized by our openness to explore the different ways that God speaks to each of us,as well as our sharing of our experiences as they build the community of Christ.
I can’t wait to hear the stories that come from our collective experiences.