Thursday, January 13, 2011
Closer than your breath!
I heard that term today, used to describe a feeling. I loved it. Think about it for just a moment, "Closer than your breath".
I have learned in my life that there are times when I experience Heavenly Father's nearness to me. I feel His welcoming presence. I feel His love. I know that He is watching out for me.
There are other times, when He seems so far away. When I come to know the loneliness of feeling alone. I have come to realize, that the Lord has not changed locations. He is still there, still close, still waiting for me. I might have changed my distance from Him. I might have my own agendas and purposes that take me away from His spirit. I might forget what it feels like to be near to Him. I might even forget that I want to be near to Him.
I have found that it helps me to spend time looking for Him in my everyday life. It helps to acknowledge His guiding hand in my many blessings. I spend time everyday trying to decide what is in His plan for me, what I need to do, and how I should be doing it.
I have also found that I can find Him even more often when I sit back and am quiet. I find Him in the silence of the scriptures, in my meditations, even in my reading. I find Him as I find the beauty that surrounds me in photography. I find Him in my prayers each night and morning, I find Him in the songs I sing, I find Him in the quiet of a peaceful walk, or even in my heart when I take the time to reflect, relax, and just breath.
I have come to see, that sometimes I am reaching so hard to find the miraculous that I totally miss all the miracles that surround me. All the simple, ordinary, everyday miracles that make life worth living. I have found that when I count my blessings, I can find Him in all of them. When my trials have been worse than I believed I could ever bear, He has always been there, closer than my breath, waiting for me to reach out to Him.