Key to the Power in Presence









When we are present with others or need the presence of others, there is a key that I was missing. This is how I learned it. Independence was my goal. I lived these mantras: “I can do it myself,” “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” “You can do anything you put your mind to.” There are so many ways we promote an independent attitude. It’s not intended to be a bad thing. It left me unwilling to ask for help when I needed it. In fact, I turned it down when offered. I thought that meant I was strong. I was wrong. I had forgotten the power in presence.

It was important to me to give the illusion of control even if, on the inside, I was floundering. Many times I’ve been relieved when someone would see through my facade and enter into my current challenge anyway. When life is challenging, when we are struggling with tough decisions, when we are tired and overwhelmed, there is power in the presence of others. That power is most noticeable, to me, in hospital waiting rooms. There is strength in numbers.

But, there is more to the power of presence. There is more than just human presence. The presence of another person is great-don’t get me wrong. But, we can multiply the power when Christ is invited, as well. When Christ is invited in there is peace, comfort and security that can feel unexplainable.

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 NIV

Here is the best part – we can experience that power even when there is not another human around. Christ’s presence and peace can descend over any situation, anytime, any place. Okay, so maybe that is not a huge “ah ha.” The key that I have finally learned which was an “ah ha” for me – practice, practice, practice. Regularly entering into His presence through prayer and scripture has multiplied His presence in my life. Now, when I call on Him in a crisis, it is comfortable and familiar rather than awkward and unfamiliar. It is easy to cry out to God when life is hard, but He wants every moment of every day.

Will you join me in practicing the power in presence? You can start anytime, and you can start over as many times as you need. I have started over many times. What is your secret for staying close to God? Share, we always need suggestions.

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