Ignoring the Presence of God


Our world is filled with God’s presence.

I used to think God only showed up if you  asked him to. Or for the truly spiritual. And of course God could never meet you in your own home when you’re alone, it had to be at church. Yes, church is where God is.

Fortunately I was proved wrong a few years ago while I was living with my parents. It was a point in my life where I needed direction because my own plans weren’t working. I had just confessed having an eating disorder to my family. I quit college after a year and a half  because I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life. And I had just ended a long relationship. Broken and confused I spent one night seeking answers from God.

I asked…
Who am I?
Why am I here?
What is wrong with me?

His response blew me away. It was the first time I heard God speak to my heart. He brought to my memory a song I’ve only heard a couple of times.
It is Well with My Soul.
The old me would have brushed it off and filled my mind with other things. But in that moment I chose to stop thinking and listen. When I did, the words in that song filled my spirit with a peace like I had never known before. My restless heart found rest.

My soul oh the bliss
Of this glorious thought
My sin not in part but the whole
Was nailed to the cross
And I bear it no more
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord oh my soul

That verse set me free. I could feel the chains being broken in that moment. And I wasn’t in church. There was no pastor leading me. It was God.

Can you imagine if I had ignored God in that moment? I would have never been set free. I would still be living with the belief that God only showed up in certain buildings for specific people.

Are you listening to Him?

I encourage you to take a moment wherever you are and drink in His presence. He’s eagerly awaiting you to bend your ear.

We may ignore, but we can nowhere evade the presence of God. The world is crowded with Him. He walks everywhere incognito.
-C.S. Lewis


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Rebekah says:

    I love how God uses music to speak to us. So many of the old hymns have such powerful messages but are sadly ignored now for praise and worship songs. I always get excited when we have hymns in our services at church.

    Oh, I made that lemon and cucumber water…so good!!

    1. Janell says:

      Absolutely Rebekah!

  2. lindseysmallwood says:

    Janell, so glad to have found this post this morning. Oh the bliss of that glorious thought indeed. He bore it for me and I carry it no more, praise God. Thanks for the beautiful reminder.

    1. Janell says:

      So glad to hear it was an encouragement to you 🙂

  3. Andrea says:

    God can speak to us any time – any place – even on the subway 😀

  4. This is so beautiful. The simplicity and beauty of the Father whispering to a human heart of his love. Thank you.

  5. Clare Speer says:

    I am thankful you reminded me of the God’s presence in our lives! Be blessed!

    1. Janell says:

      Blessings to you as well!

  6. Thank you for your story. I “heard” God in a special way as a teen, and it helped me to talk to Him about everything. And to listen. God bless you.

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