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Friday, August 10, 2012

Worship 3: I Feel God in the Wind

Worship 3: I Feel God in the Wind
It's a breezy day today. Heaven, really. 70 degrees. Cotton candy clouds. Wind-rustled leaves. Perfection.

I feel God in the wind.




Five great questions of life: Life * Love * Learning * Labor * Leadership

Life: What's My Spiritual Center?

Worship 3: I Feel God in the Wind

By Evan Nehring

It's a breezy day today. Heaven, really. 70 degrees. Cotton candy clouds. Wind-rustled leaves. Perfection.

I feel God in the wind.

I do. From the whispering breezes to the driving blast, the wind seems to carry the breath of heaven.

Worship is more than an event. It's living for my God-connection. It's finding and  being aware of God's presence at morning, noon and night.

SL_Sailboat by Walt Faulds on WikiMedia Commons

Brother Lawrence served as a lay brother in a Carmelite monastery in Paris in the 1600's. His famous book is Practicing the Presence of God, where he talks about a life spent connecting with God even in the most mundane tasks.
He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can. Lift up your heart to Him during your meals and in company; the least little remembrance will always be the most pleasing to Him. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.
Birds are chirping. A dog barks. More wind through the maple leaves outside my office window.

The Sons of Korah said it like this in Psalm 42:7-8:
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls;
          all your waves and breakers have swept over me.
By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me--
          a prayer to the God of my life.
 I feel God in the wind.

Question

When do you feel God? Do you feel him today?


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9 comments:

  1. Honestly- the first thing I think of is I feel him in a certain tone or note of certain worship songs...I'm not really musical but I'm definitely a worshipper. There are certain moments (like take Matt Redman's songs for instance) where it doesn't matter if I'm focused ont he song or if it's in the background where this "essence of God" just comes thru and captures me and all my attention is immediately just drawn to the beauty and awe of God. As many of us would answer, I really do feel Him ins o many areas at so many times- but that was the first one I thought of. The second would be when even after 20 years of missions trips, he still provides for all my needs- when I get a check from someone in the Body- I STILL drop to my knees in awe , thankfulness and surrender to our awesome God and HIS sovereign plans which knit all of together.

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    1. Wonderful picture of enjoying the presence of God. Thank you!

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  2. I feel God in His small reminders to me that He is right there with me. It can be in the wind, or the beautiful fall leaves, or a passing iron ore ship. It may sound wierd, especially the ship, but all of these items remind me of special times I have had with God. Sometimes you can hear God in what you physically see, and not just in His still small voice. Today was a tough day for me, but I heard God remind me that He is in control; through the gentle breeze that blew as I spent time outside.

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  3. I feel God in His small reminders to me that He is right there with me. It can be in the wind, or the beautiful fall leaves, or a passing iron ore ship. It may sound wierd, especially the ship, but all of these items remind me of special times I have had with God. Sometimes you can hear God in what you physically see, and not just in His still small voice. Today was a tough day for me, but I heard God remind me that He is in control; through the gentle breeze that blew as I spent time outside.

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  4. Brother Lawrence (enjoyed his writings years ago) got it, I believe, in regards to how we can constantly keep the Lord in mind and that it doesn't need to be a grandiose call of action on our part. Yes, sometimes those are the moments we need, but when we continually seek His presence we can enjoy it any time.

    Your post reminds me to call God to mind more often, and then to communicate with Him - even those small, simple prayers of thanks like the Jewish prayers that were common in Jesus day, "Blessed is He who..." And then fill it in however you want "gives us the sunshine to stay warm on a cool day", or "brings quiet at night for us to calm our hearts and minds before we sleep", or whatever. Those prayers have helped me see how grateful I should be for EVERYTHING that God does for me, big and small.

    And in direct response to your question - I always feel God in nature, and one time, I literally felt him in the wind, too - Mesa Verde National Park, 2001. I had been to many beautiful places, and windy ones, too on that trip, but when the wind came up and over that mesa wall... almost sends shivers down my spine, and brings a smile to my face... he responded to my words and feelings I was sharing with him. Of course I even feel him now - my mind is turned to his greatness. Ahhh, and the peace that comes with knowing the God of the universe personally, the One true God. Praise to Him and thanks for His Messiah!

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  5. HeatherNehring Block
    I've enjoyed reading all the comments. It's all inspiring and thought provoking. Just a couple months ago I was fighting a rough depression one day and I went to the hammock in the backyard. I was desperate and had to be alone. I looked up into the sky and was so awed by the waves of clouds and there was a rainbow up high in the clouds. It was all I needed to feel peace and know God was encouraging me and speaking to me.

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  6. I'm so inspired by everyone's comments tonight! So personal and reflective. Knowing about God is a start, but getting lost in worship is such a strong place of trust in our forgiveness and connection with the Father.

    These posts will live one and more comments are always welcome! Holy Spirit, come, and breathe life...

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  7. I feel God in the beauty of His creation. I love nature, especially the mountains.

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  8. I love the name of this post, I feel God in the Wind.
    I feel God in the still quietness, driving in my car alone. I feel Him in songs that minister to my spirit. I feel Him when I hear my daughter singing praises to His name.

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