Deeper Life: Remaining spiritually anchored when life gets busy

I am
the solid ground
beneath your feet,
the sun
that doesn’t burn.

I am

the voltage
of raw power,
through your veins –

I am.

Your fretting
can’t stop me
from being
your strength –

I just am.

You don’t
have to say
the right thing
or anything
at all –

I am

holding you
in perfect love.

You are
in the gravity
of my presence,
secure to walk freely
in the light.

Find me
in the stillness of your soul,
and know
that I am.

In the air
you breathe,
in the air
he breathes and her,
in every moment
unchanging –
yet always creating
something new.

Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

During my silent retreat last weekend, I was able to sink deeply into spiritual connection through all of my **stuff.** Isn’t it funny how all the emotions we haven’t had a chance to process crowd into our mind like a gang of unruly children as soon as we have a moment of silence? As I unpacked my baggage in quiet, rest and prayer throughout the weekend (what a blessing that time was!), I began to have the strongest sense of the Lord’s presence like a giant sun beneath my feet. It was the oddest thing! I just stood in awe and a sense of security in enormous life force of His presence. It felt like I was being grounded and rooted in His Light-filled presence like I was plugging into a giant charger if that makes sense.

As the feeling lingered, I started to gain a presence of mind and ask questions, but He just kept giving me the strongest sense of His presence beneath my feet. It felt like He was saying “Be still and know that I am;” “Be not afraid;” “I am your strong tower;” and a million other phrases I’ve internalized from scripture. It was a deeply calming fatherly presence and very alive – words don’t do it justice.

Coming home to four kids, a dog, two cats, a bearded dragon that needs to be fed live crickets and piles of laundry, I quickly found myself back in a state of stress with the demands of everyone needing something from me and especially worried about something going on with my teenager. Internally, I kind of raised my eyebrow to God asking “can you take me back into that place of deep communion even with all this going on?” In the middle of the ordinary busyness, I had a sense of Him saying “I am in the air he breathes.”

For a moment, that deep sense of peace and connection with God came back to me, and I had a sense of faith that all was well and all would be well with my son. It was a wonderful consolation, and though I can’t tap into to that feeling all the time, it securely put into my heart that God is there in the busyness and the stress, humming under the surface of our lives, our rock and salvation, our shelter and fortress. What a relief! Like (I think everyone else), I need all the help I can get from our heavenly Father, and it’s hard to trust sometimes when life gets hard! I can always use another reminder of the security of God’s promises, especially in such a palpable, undeniable way as this experience.

When I start to worry, now I am able remind myself of what God made me know so deeply in my soul: “I am in the air he breathes.” This poem is my attempt to convey that sense of closeness I felt with God, so hopefully you can have that same sense of faith settle into your heart and soul and open up to receiving the peace that only God can bring in the midst of whatever struggle you’re going through.

Have you felt the presence of God the father in a powerful way? How do you maintain the strength of your spiritual connection in Your busy life? Comment below, and I’ll be delighted to keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

Lord, thank you for all the ways you let us know you are here with us and especially those experiences of Your infinitely loving presence we can tangibly feel. Help us to grow ever more deeply in trust that You are always with us, even when we can’t sense that You are. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help us find unique ways share our faith with others, who have not experienced Your love so tangibly. In Jesus name, we pray.

written by Nicky Gant for 5/5/2021

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