I was moved last night. I walked into a room and the presence of God was so strong that tears started streaming from my eyes. Fifteen people were inside that room singing worship songs and praying. I felt a mixture of things as I sat down to join them. I felt the remnants of anxiety that I had brought with me there and which has been my companion for a while. The kind of nagging anxiety that keeps you from feeling at peace because you have things to do and it slowly eats away at you. I closed my eyes and started to pray. I felt peace trickling into me along with love, comfort, forgiveness, and the presence of holiness. With tears silently running down my face, I prayed and I listened. The presence of the Holy Spirit felt even stronger, I could literally feel someone touching my arm in an embrace. I needed this. I was thanking God for putting it in my heart to come to that house and worship Him.
Over the course of the hour that I prayed and worshiped, I was moved by the prayers that others boldly spoke out for all of us to hear. I was moved by their passion and the fire in their hearts for the Lord. I was moved by the music and the comfort that it brought me. I was moved by God’s word when I opened my bible and read Acts 17:27-28, “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him – though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist.”
I felt renewed, refreshed, restored, purified, and rekindled. I had been missing that passion for him. The passion that comes from keeping in the forefront of your mind and overflowing from your heart that in him you live, in him you move, and in him you exist. God is not distant; once you give your heart to Him, he resides there. When you talk to Him, he is listening and he is carrying out your requests.
He is always waiting with open arms and unfailing love for us to give our hearts to Him. Whether for the first time or after a time that we have turned away from Him. He is there. He is waiting. With arms open and compassion in his heart.
“But then I will win her back once again.
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her there.
I will return her vineyards to her
and transform the Valley of Trouble into a gateway of hope.” Hosea 2:14-15
Thank you Lord for reigniting the fire in my heart for you. For healing me last night. Thank you for being my constant rock and salvation. Thank you for showing me your love and letting me feel your presence. Thank you for speaking to me. Thank you for being my hope, my love, and my everything.