How do you feel God’s presence?

“Hour by hour I place my days in your hands, safe from the hands out to get me.” Psalm 31:15

imageMany years ago, my friend Jan told me how she felt God’s presence all day long. I guess I had never thought about God in that way. I knew If I called upon God, I would get his full attention. Since that day, I have been more aware of God’s presence in my life.

Right now, God is present in the rain pounding down on the fiberglass roof of my patio. I pause to watch the thirsty desert landscape suck up the rain and delight in watching the mourning doves and thrashers splash in the pools formed in low-lying areas.

I see all of nature more acutely these days. God’s in new life, such as the brood of baby quail pecking at the rocky soil in my backyard. I wonder more about how the mother and father quail feel when after giving life to thirteen babies, and now a week later, only nine scatter around them… and eventually six, four, two. I can’t help but think, “Do quails mourn the loss of their babies?”

I feel God’s presence through “goosies” that cause shivers throughout my body when I hear a beautiful song and as tears fall after a tragedy. And, there are times when I hear God whisper into my ear, “Think twice before you proceed with that thought.”

Should the day ever arrive, and I stare at “hands out to get me,” God’s hands will lead me to safety … whether on earth or in heaven.

Dear God, hold my hands with your ever-present loving hand.  Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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