Today’s post for the series Worshipping God in the Real World comes from K Zhang. She lives in Vancouver, Canada. She is also an artist, art educator, blogger and a minimalist. Her blog Prayer Kingdom is about staying connect to the things of God that add value to your life, without getting stressed out from information overload.
God is everywhere, then why do you need to encounter him?
What we are looking for is a feeling of being in the presence of God. But the Holy Spirit is always with us, leading us and guiding us, even when we don’t feel close to God. Our feelings can be deceiving.
Even King David, a man of God, cries out saying, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?” – Psalm 22:1 But King David was not really forsaken by God, he was feeling far away from God.
In our relationship with God, you will feel seasons of abundance and seasons of drought. However, this is all because your heavenly father loves your and wants you to grow and become more like Christ. Whenever he is far from you, it is a season of testing of your faith and trust.
God promises that:
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matt 7:7
When we seek to be close to God and to be in God’s presence, we can be.
My Top Three Ways of Encountering God:
1. Rejoice in the Lord
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. – Phil 4:4
Consider a father… is the father not happy when the child is happy in the world that he created for the child? Our heavenly father created this beautiful world for us. He is happy when we enjoy his creations. He is happy when I am enjoying an ice cream and when I am tanning in the sun. He is happy when I am laughing with friends and family. He is happy when I am finding happiness in the details.
A song that I like to listen to is Today is the Day by Lincoln Brewster. It reminds me that God has built this day especially for me. All the joyous experiences he has planned and put in my life.
2. Praising God
One of my most favorite verses:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Phil 4:6
Whenever I give thanks, I feel closer to God because giving thanks is a form of prayer, and it is a conversation with God. Prayer is not one session of sitting there, heads bowed, and praying. It can be down anywhere, any time, in any situation. I often say prayers of thanksgiving whenever I feel like it. And I can feel God smiling down at me whenever I thank him.
3. Being Completely Honest with God
In any relationship, when you being totally honest with the person, your relationship reaches a new level of trust. Christianity is not a religion; it is a relationship with God himself. Jesus died so that we may have a personal relationship with him. I find that I can never feel close to God if I am hiding something from him. Also in my life, the closest I have ever been with God is when I am crying out to him. I share with him my inner thoughts and my deepest emotions. I share with him my sins, frustration, uncertainty, hurts, and fears. I even share with him my doubt about him. It is in my complete honesty that I feel the great love and forgiveness God has for me.
Other Ways I encounter God in my Daily Life:
- Reading the Bible
- Worship Singing/ Playing Music
- Going to Church
- Tithing and Trusting
- Fellowship with Other Christians
- Practicing Godly Characteristics like love, patience and kindness
- Traveling, seeing God’s Kingdom
- Making Art to Glorify God
- Helping Others
- Quiet Time with God
God is always with us, whether we feel like he is or not.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9