“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” Oceans by Hillsong
The other day during service we sang Oceans by Hillsong. I love that song, it leaves me in awe of God’s power and His desire to take us deeper. I love how He wants to lead us out of our comfort zones so we can witness His power, His glory, His faithfulness. He wants us to live extraordinary lives and use us in extraordinary ways because He is God and He can do it. But many times we are afraid to take that leap of faith and we miss out. I want to trust without borders; I want to go deeper and let God be in control so my faith can grow stronger each day. As we sang this song, the phrase “in the presence of my Savior” kept coming back to me. I heard it through the whole service.
In the presence of my Savior is the only way my faith can be stronger, it is the only way for there to be no limit to my trust, and it is the only way to live the life God intends for me to live. In His presence I am all that He wants me to be.
I started thinking… “What does it mean to be in the presence of my Savior? Is it my quiet time in the morning as soon as I wake up? Is it the time I spend at church? Is it when I gather with friends for a prayer meeting?” Yes, all those are times in His presence, but if we think those are the only times we are in God’s presence we are missing out. For me, being in God’s presence is living each moment of my life in Him. It is everyday life God’s way, in His love, in His joy, and in His peace. Can you imagine what our lives would be like if we always remembered this?
Does this mean that we just talk and think about God and leave our responsibilities to the side? Of course not, we live our life God’s way.
We hear about living in the present and enjoying the now and we want to achieve that, but it is hard because we feel overwhelmed with problems. We have so much to do and so little time that our now is plagued with worry, rush and multitasking which steals the joy of just savoring the moment. When we focus on God and decide that we are going to live in His presence, we enjoy each moment as we should. We don’t worry because we know worry doesn’t help at all. “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” (Matthew 6:27) we don’t try to do too much at the same time because we know “Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind.” (Ecclesiastes 4:6) We don’t fret about the past because we know God is doing something new “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” (Isaiah 43:18-19)
This moment is precious. This heartbeat, the breath I just took and the sentence I just wrote. I am here right now and I am in the presence of my Savior. What could be better than that?
Every now that we enjoy becomes a memory that later we will cherish. The people around me, the experiences I am living, and the situations I am going through all have a purpose if I let God guide me and trust Him completely. He will use my now to build my eternity.
Life is too valuable to be distracted from our present thinking about past regrets or wishing certain phases would go by faster. It is what it is and with God it is amazing.