Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Thin Places...Where We Feel God Is Close

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...

Ephesians 5:8-14
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.

14 This is why it is said:

“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.


texwisgirl said...

Oh I loved this post! What wonderful gifts your grandmother and mother have received. I'm with you. "Thin places" exist all around us if we just stop and look. :)

Becky V said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Amy. It was a great lesson! I don't know that I have experienced any such extra-terrestrial moments myself. But to'wake up', be fully present, and see God in the everyday -- that is a blessing I believe He makes readily available to us, IF we will just slow down and look for it. Easy to say, hard to do sometimes! It is an encouragement to me in that direction to read the words you write in your blog and see how you do just that...slow down and contemplate what is happening in your everyday life and in your family. I am thankful to get to get to partake of it!

Love the little blue bird!

Becky Welch said...

Love it! I will have to find that book as well. Thank you so much for sharing! We all need to slow down and look a little bitter harder and longer to see God's gifts for us in every corner.

Alyssa said...

Mary DeMuth is the author of that memoir, and it is fantastic! I've had the pleasure of hearing Mary speak at a church retreat and at writers' conferences, and she's the real deal. You will enjoy reading all the books she has written. She lives in Rockwall, so she's a local Texas author!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Good post...I love that your mother heard songs in her dreams...my husband, son and daughter all write music, and my husband's music has been used for praise and worship, so I can really relate to that.

"Thin places" that is a great word...I have been looking for them and enjoying them, but hadn't put a name to them...sunrise, that is one of my favorites right now...God and I are meeting there.

Blessings...your blog looks great...you are so creative!

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holly emrie said...

Love the thin places it is such an eye opening concept. Ken's father passed May 6th and at one point right before he passed he reached to the sky and said Momma and you just knew she was there to guide him home. there are signs all around us it is hard to understand how some peoples hearts are so hard that they cannot see the angels among us. thank you for your blog I love to go to see family and enjoy quiet time for me. Love and prayers for all the McCoys and branches from that beautiful family tree.

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