Since I asked Jesus into my life and heart, I’ve made it a practice first thing in the morning to read my Bible, pray, and have fellowship with the Lord. But the other day, something gave me pause. For a brief moment, I stopped praying and asked myself. Am I really communicating with someone or talking to myself?
I opened my eyes but from where I sat on the deck, all I saw was the flower beds and trees in my backyard. I listened carefully but only heard the birds chirping. I sipped my dark roast coffee but could taste nothing else. The only aroma I sensed was the gardenias in my flower pot. Oh, and I closed my eyes and extended my hand. No touch met mine. The obvious conclusion was I can’t see, hear, taste, touch, or smell God. Yet the Bible is filled with scriptures that talk about His presence with man.
1John 1:5 “God is light, in him there is no darkness at all.”
Psalms 107: 9 “For he has satisfied the thirsty and filled the hungry with good things.”
James 1:17 “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadow.”
John 3:16 “For God so love the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
So how can I know Him and have fellowship with Him if I can’t connect to Him with my senses? Here are a few ways.
God’s instruction about His will and our lives comes through His word. Psalm 119:105 “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
God can be known through His creation: a beautiful sunset, the Grand Canyon, the forests and rivers in Washington state where I once lived, and the exquisite construction of a lily.
God can be known through other people: a kind and loving friend who shows up at the right moment when help is needed, a prayer partner, the pastor of one’s church who preaches a word truly needed that week, an innocent child filled with wonder when discovering something new.
Best of all, though I can’t see or hear Him now, I know that someday I will be able to, and I await that day in joyful anticipation.
“For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face.” 1Corinthians 13:12
Dear Lord, please help me to become more and more aware of You in my daily walk. By faith, I love and trust You and treasure fellowship with You. Amen.