His Presence

Medical science has proven, familiar voices have special access to the brain. Studies also substantiated that some coma patients were very much cognizant of their surroundings, this according to an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a vice chairperson of neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital. “When we speak to patients who have been in a comatose state for a time, there is no mention or recollection of any unusual or extreme pain. However, it is very common for them to say that they heard people talking to them, and they could feel people around them. It would seem if you have people at your side encouraging you, you have an advantage over patients who are isolated and withdrawn having to do the journey alone.”

This seemed to be the thought of Martha sister of Lazarus “whom Jesus Loved” when she and her sister Mary sent word to Jesus to come, not to heal their brother but simply because Lazarus was sick John 11:3. The request was His presence, so that His friend would not go through whatever alone, this should be the constant request of every follower His presence in every area, every aspect of our life His presence, because no one wants to go through their life journey alone. There is much found in the presence of our Lord, Glory and Honor is in His presence (1 Chronicles 16:27), Rest, (Exodus 33:14), fullness of joy; and pleasures for evermore (Psalm 16:11) this and so much more are experienced when we are in His presence.

In John 11:21 “If you had been here,” she said, “my brother would not have died.” Martha states what seems obvious to her: if Jesus had been there, her brother Lazarus would not have died. She does not question Jesus’ ability to heal; nor did she request Him to heal her brother, she only regrets that he was not there with him. Have you ever felt better just being around certain people? Some people just lift us up, they do not have to do anything just being in their presence is enough. That was how Martha and her sister Mary must have felt about Jesus.

Mary also enjoyed being in the presence of Jesus, on an occasion while Martha was busy working around the house, busy serving, in Luke 10:39 we read Mary sat quietly in the company of Jesus sitting at his feet, simply enjoying the opportunity to bask in His presence another chance to hear his voice.  If we are honest, we spend our days attempting to be everything to everyone. In the busyness of life, we often find it hard to hear God’s voice or even recognize if He is speaking at all, most of the time we resemble Martha more than we do Mary.  We rush around doing “what needs to be done,” while missing the little glimpses of Jesus all around us. As difficult as it is, and as contrary to our culture as it may be, we must intentionally make the effort to slow down, stop, and model Mary because, as Jesus himself said, in Luke 10:42 “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Although at times much like Martha we run to greet Him, but should it always be when our situation has become dire before we do? God is always knocking at our door, He longs for a personal intimate relationship with each of us (Revelation 3:20). He waits patiently for us to come to Him so He can give us the rest that is only found in His presence (Matthew 11:28). We should be mindful of His presence each day as we find tiny treasures He has strategically placed along our way.  He lovingly goes before you to plant little pleasures along your path to brighten your day.  Look carefully for them, and you will find them, reach for them pluck them one by one.  You will find if you do when you come to the end of your day, you will have gathered a lovely bouquet one full of unspeakable joy and peace that can only come from sitting at His feet.

God’s Peace

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