Distracted by the Presence of God

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“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” (Ps. 119:103).

Months ago I was a nanny, and I planned a “Tasty Tuesday” baking afternoon. As one of the little girls and I were chopping up apples in the afternoon light, she began chatting away and eventually asked me, “What’s your favorite thing we have done today?” I started listing our activities: a painting project, baking  .  .  . I took a breath to go on and contribute one more item to my list, but she stopped me with such innocent, child-like exasperation: “Well! My favorite thing is just being with you.”

A day aware of His presence springs from a heart captivated by His love.

This conversation became stirred around in my heart. It got me thinking about my time spent with Jesus and in His Word, my being with Him. How many times do I put my busyness before my being with Him? What if, in our everyday responses that spring from our lists and duties, we would foremost be aware of His presence?—aware that His presence is the most vital, the most needed, the thing in us most longed for. Aware that, as Jonathan Edwards says, “Pleasure is the ray; God’s love is the sun. Pleasure is the shadow; God’s love is the substance. Pleasure is the stream; God’s love is the ocean.”

A day aware of His presence springs from a heart captivated by His love. A heart that loves just being with the Savior is a heart radically changed by the gospel. There is nothing outside of Jesus that is worth greater attention. He is the priority, the author, the joy, the Savior. Oh, how I am speaking to myself with all of this!

At the feet of Jesus Mary was not distracted by busyness, but distracted by the opportunity to spend time with a God who loves extravagantly.

Jesus described Mary’s pursuit of His presence this way to her sister, Martha. “But the Lord answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her’” (Luke 10:41–42).

How can we be with our Father?

  • Enjoy His presence.
  • Read and read and read His Word.
  • Soak it in so much you’re sopping wet.
  • Let His truth penetrate your heart: His words are sweeter than honey, and He faithfully lights our paths.

Be assured of this: He truly wants to be with you. How do you spend time in His presence?

About Abi: Abigail Martin is a newly engaged twenty-year-old, and a fan of sweet tea, filling up journals, and meeting new people. She loves Jesus and is passionate about young women knowing, from the depths of their being, this truth that sets us free. She calls Columbus, Ohio “home.”

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