I don’t know what the weather is like where you are, but here near the Rocky Mountains we are starting to experience the first signs of Spring. For the most part it has started warming up throughout the day, so much so that people have their windows down while driving, their flip-flops on while walking, and everyone is outside enjoying the sunshine (or maybe just the outdoors because we are still limiting our interaction with others, so any chance they get they go outside.)
Whatever the case may be, it seems that the season of growth is upon us, and I couldn’t be more excited! Another thing I really love about spring is the fresh breeze that you can feel all around. Some days you can feel the wind more than others, and it seems like that sunshine and warmer temperatures and cool breezes go hand-in-hand (at least in my book). When I am outside I feel it all around me, refreshing my soul. If I’m walking I enjoy it as a way to cool me off (I notice it), and if I’m sitting outside I’ll often close my eyes just to feel the breeze (I look for it).
I promise you I don’t plan on talking about how much I love the feeling the wind this entire post, but let me ask you this,
Can you think of anything else that we perhaps close our eyes to experience, or look to for refreshment? Maybe something that we notice only sometimes when we are busy, but often look for it when we’re still?
How about our experiences with God, or our daily interactions with Jesus?
Just like the wind, we know He is there. Yet we can’t see Him with our eyes, and it takes some time to understand how to feel Him with our heart and hear Him in our mind if we aren’t actively looking for it.
I wish I could tell you a fool-proof way to hear from God, one that you would never second guess yourself with again, but he speaks to us in many different ways.
What I can tell you is that being familiar with Him and being able to experience Him as part of your everyday life starts with relationship.
What do you do when you are trying to get to know someone? You talk to them.
What do you when you are interviewing someone? You ask questions.
You don’t ask questions like, ” What did you have for breakfast today?”, but instead you ask questions to get to the heart of the person, who they are and what they stand for.
To build a relationship with anyone involves asking questions to get to know them better.
Asking questions and listening to the answers are not possible without an open window of communication. (see what I did there?!) There is no set time of day to hear from God, He IS our everyday.
I think we sometimes tend to separate our “prayer life” or “spiritual life” as something we do or make time for. We see prayer as a task or accomplishment instead of an ongoing relationship with God. You may have your quiet time in the morning and say your prayers then, or maybe you pray at night; but outside of those times, your window is shut.
You can’t feel the wind.
Whatever the case may be, I firmly believe that prayer (which essentially just is a conversation or dialogue with God) shouldn’t be a early morning and before bed thing.
It should be moment-by-moment, everyday thing.
There is something to be said about sitting inside your house quietly at your table working on something (in your own little world) completely caught up in what you’re doing; but as soon as you feel that cool little breeze blow through your open window, your senses become awakened and you feel alive. You notice it because you feel it. At that instant it seems that the daily grind of work and responsibility is taken away by the gentle whisper from the creator of the universe.
Of course to feel the springtime breeze all you have to do is physically keep your windows open throughout the day (and even the night, because evening breezes are the best!)
So how do we keep our spiritual “windows” open to be able to have an ongoing conversation and experience with God?
I think there are three important scriptures to meditate on to help us answer this question.
But for now, this is a good stopping point. I will share the three scriptures next week, and ways to put this into practice next week! (I don’t want to make these blog posts too long, because there is so much content to digest).
But I also don’t want to leave you completely hanging, so here is one scripture I challenge you to find a way to fit into your daily routine until we meet again next week! xoxox
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
If you’d like, share what is working or how your noticing a shift in your conversation and connection with Jesus in the comments below!