Sunday our preacher gave a talk on "Waking Up To God". He does a marvelous job in helping us catch that enthusiasm and excitement for knowing God better. This lesson was such a blessing. He spoke of a book called, "Thin Places". I intend to find it but wanted to share some of the thoughts from his lesson with you.
There are thin places in the world and in our lives. It can sort of be described this way:
When people talk of encountering God they often reference some “miracle” event.
But what if the better proof of real encounter with God was in something totally ordinary, more often missed than noticed?
I believe the extraordinary is embedded in the ordinary. We find thin places in events that occur naturally, and will bless us and give us a view of God more clearly if we keep our eyes open to them. Oh to see the beauty and feel the closeness of God even in the midst of the everyday.
He asked the question..."Have you ever had a "thin places" experience?" I could only think of one when he asked but since then have thought of more.
One was, when my grandmother was only a few days away from meeting Jesus and as she lay on her bed she talked to her uncle and other family members in heaven. As she looked at the ceiling she saw them and was so joyful and happy. That was an awesome glimpse for me into the sacred and heaven.
Another I have thought of since then is how my Mother is blessed by God to hear songs in her dreams. I know it sounds strange, but He gives her songs as she sleeps. She has learned to get up and write them down so that she can remember them. Our family has been blessed to sing quite a few of them over the years. I think she is in a thin place in those dreams drawing close to Him as He blesses her to bring these heavenly songs onto the earth.
Even more than those times that seem extraordinary like the ones above, I believe everyday we can experience the thin places if we only dwell on His word, slow down and listen and open our eyes to "see" Him all around us.
See God in everything...Marvel at everything from a spiritual viewpoint. When I take time to see them or hear them...everyday thin places for me can be...
Hearing my children laugh and the joy I feel when one of the talks about God and about His word and their love and awe of our awesome God.
The flash of color on a beautiful bird or butterfly.
The unbelieveable glory of each and every sunrise and sunset. They are all different and all cry out of God's love for us and that He loves us enough to make gorgeous signs in the sky for our enjoyment.
So many more that touch my soul...sitting by a mountain stream. Seeing shooting stars... on and on and on...
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
Blessings on this lovely day. I pray that we will all wait with great anticipation and open eyes to catch the thin places in our lives everyday and that we will draw closer to Him.