I will not be long as I have a full schedule today, but I have felt so led to share something with you. I have to admit that I have been resisting the nudge from the Lord to share this out of fear and judgment. Yes, I still struggle at times in those areas, as I am sure we all do. However, why should I care how this is taken? I mean "I care" but I do not! I am sure you grasp this concept. If God wants me to do something or share something, then by gosh I should not hesitate to do it. I should be wholly seeking His approval and not the world's approval.
Last Sunday at church, during our praise and worship time, we were singing the song, "Holy Spirit" by Francesca Battistelli. I was so in the moment. I was engrossed in worshipping Him and begging for His Presence to sweep over the congregation. In my head, as the music was playing, I was saying things as "Thank you, Lord" ... "Yes, Holy Spirit, sweep through this entire congregation like a wind". Some time during my praising Him, I was nudged on the right shoulder. I was ... for a split second ... a bit irritated as it brought me out of the realm of worship I was in and distracted me from focusing solely on Him.
I turned my head to see who had tapped me ever so lightly, and it was then that the moment became priceless. For a split second ... no more than this ... I saw a shadow as it was leaving my presence. I was so overwhelmed I was left speechless and overwhelmed beyond words. I could have just dropped to my knees at this point and cried. Not tears of sadness, but tears at the awesomeness of our God. They would have been tears of joy ... joy in the purest of forms. I knew that I knew the Holy Spirit, at that exact moment, made His presence known to me. My heart was in such a place and very tender seeking Him, and He showed Himself to me.
Just thinking of this now is a reminder to me of the other times in my life when He has manifested Himself to me. Once with His audible voice ... once in the form of an angel ... and now through a shadow. I cannot say it enough ... What an awesome God we serve!!!!!
During each of these times I was at a very difficult stage in life. His presence reassured me He was always hearing the cries of my heart. It also gave me the strength and peace I needed to press on. It allowed me to be a blessing to others and rely on Him to be my blessing. When you seek out what you can do for others when you are in the midst of storms yourself, it is uplifting and joyful. Taking your eyes off of you and placing them where He wants them to be is very rewarding and it glorifies Him in the biggest of ways!
Have a great day!