I was in a season of obedience and felt uncommonly close to God. For those who know what I am talking about, you probably just grinned and felt something stir inside. There are times with God, which are distinct, and the experience is personal and overwhelming.
We had made our move across the country, and I was settling in to a new life. God placed a church family down the road (I specifically asked for this- a church right down the street) and I was making connections and new friends. The pastor was on fire for Christ, and his joy and enthusiasm were contagious. A light had turned on, and many people were experiencing the Holy Spirit and revival in miraculous and new ways. I was thirsty and ready for what was to come next. God did not disappoint.
One morning, after the kids were off to school, I sat in the center of my bed and prayed for more- more of God, more of Jesus, more of the Holy Spirit. My hands were off to each side, palms up, eyes closed, head back, and face up. I was in a deep state of meditation. I sat in silence and felt paralyzed in that position. As I listened for the still and calm peace of God, I felt a presence run through my body. That presence was pleasant and welcomed. I opened my eyes to light, beautiful light with brilliant speckles falling all around me. Overcome with a physical filling of the Holy Spirit, I cried tears of joy.
We have not, because we never ask. Why is that? I know people will make light of my experience and doubt it happened. There are those who say these sort of things are ‘outdated’ and no longer exist. At what point did people put limits on the God of all creation? The same God who brought his people out of slavery, saved a believer in a burning furnace, who moved the waters, and brought the dead to life.
Our God does not live in a box, nor does he live within the smallness of our minds.
We are of little faith in 2019. Worse, we are further away from God then every before in history. Not only are we moving away, but we are opening the door and inviting Satan in daily. If you long for deeper, then move toward deeper and trust God to meet you there. Those powerful experiences still exist, and for those who believe, they are amazing and true.
Ask, and it will be given to you;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.Matthew 7:7, ESV