Beyond Feelings

Maybe it’s just some people. Without seeing anyone, they’re able to sense when another person has come into the room. Maybe their hearing is especially sensitive. Perhaps they recognize a familiar perfume. Or a muffled cough.

And folk talk about ‘sensing the presence of the LORD”. At urgent times our hearts reach out, grasping for some assurance, something that says to the hurting places in us that help is on the way. Times when the soul gets strangely quiet. A felt stillness. Surely of heaven’s making.

Then there are times…just as urgent. Maybe more so. When no stillness quiets our inner storm. God seems absent. And it is in those times that the strong, sure voice of scripture sounds loud and clear: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1) With…or without feelings. Sure as our God  who promised it. He whose eye is on the sparrow…watches…and sees our anxious hearts.

Thank him for the times of his felt presence. And be strengthened by the solid, assuring fact of his promised presence.

Prayer – Tune the ears of my heart, O LORD, to the deep comfort of your promised presence. Amen.

Photo courtesy of Jill Naumann, copyright 2017

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