Have you ever seen Jesus? Have you ever heard His voice, seen His love, or been touched by Him? Some of us can remember those in our lives who were Jesus’ hands and feet. Some of us can remember a prayer we prayed and the answer that was given to us at just the right moment.
Many years ago, when I was eighteen, I drove alone to a funeral. The man who passed away, encompassed everything a loving Christian father would look like to me. I wanted to remember and honor him. I had a problem though as I sat frozen in the driver’s seat. I shook and condensation gathered under my armpits. I found it difficult to breath–much less move from my vehicle and open the doors to the funeral home.
I sat paralyzed and prayed.
I began to question and doubt why I had come. My ex-boyfriend was inside and I would have to come face to face with him. While it was beyond painful to consider looking him in the eyes again, it was more paining to think about not honoring his father. His dad accepted me just as I was–a daughter of divorced parents, a girl who loved Jesus, but one that didn’t seem to fit in to any perfect standard. He welcomed me before he died with a quiet warmth and the love of Christ. So, there was my dilemma; how was I to honor the man in spite of my fear?
Jesus knew exactly where I was that day. He knew what I was feeling, he cared, and I’ll never forget how Jesus made Himself known to me. As I prayed, my heavy head lifted to catch sight of a partial sign over a hundred yards away.
It read–Be Still
Those two words met me in one of the most distressing moments of my life. I stared at them. I cried–I knew my Father was speaking to me. All anxiety melted as I read the words over again. I knew what they meant to me and they gave me the strength to climb out of my car and infiltrate the crowded funeral home.
“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Today, some of us are facing paralyzing fear. For some of us, the burdens have become more that we can carry alone and we wonder if God cares about our simple prayers. I believe that our choice to take our first shaky step of faith may very well be hinged on what we believe about Jesus. Do we believe He’s interested in showing up and giving us a personal word when we ask Him for it? I pray that He will, just like He did for me when I was a teenager. Yes, I believe there are many revelations of God’s presence every day. He hasn’t left us not for a second. Last week, I ran across a few very interesting video clips from the Weather Channel about Jesus. Check out this video:
May God bless us today with eyes to see and ears to hear His truths!