by Virginia Grounds
One of our grandsons has been playing football in the position of quarterback since he was five years old. We love to watch him play. He is now a senior in college, and we missed most of his games this year. But as we traveled home from the one game we were able to attend, the clouds from the rainy day began to break up.
At one point, as the sun was going down, the sky was clear blue and cloudless directly above us. Yet surrounding us on all sides were the most beautiful clouds. We seemed to be in the middle of this circle of clouds with the rays of the sun creating the most beautiful colors in them. In each direction, the colors varied from gold, coral, lavender, and red, ending in deep blue. The sight was awesome!
My immediate thought was, this is a reminder of what it means to be surrounded by the presence of God in all His creation while at the same time filled with His relational presence.
In Genesis 28:11-15 (ESV), Jacob had a dream of a ladder from heaven to earth with angels from top to bottom. God spoke to Him and gave multiple promises. But it is in Verse 16 that we see Jacob’s response when he awakened. “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” He was awestruck with the realization that God was present.
That is how I felt when I saw the evidence of the presence of God in His creation. God is Omnipresent. He is everywhere, always present. But we often forget that He is always there for us, seeing us through every storm. I had to be honest and ask myself, “When was the last time I was so aware of the presence of God?”
We find the beginning of an answer to His personal presence in John 1:51 (ESV). “And He [Jesus] said to Him, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.” Jesus is the bridge between heaven and earth, between God and man. Jacob had a vision of this bridge in the form of a stairway and realized God was in his presence. But we have more than a glimpse. We have the reality of Christ in us, the bridge to God always, in every place.
Had I not been driving from the game that day, I probably would have been asleep or looking at my phone as my husband drove. How often do we miss the glory of God and the reality of His presence due to distractions? That afternoon was a wakeup call for me to look around more, to be alert and aware with my focus directed upward. God reveals His presence in incredible ways, as we put aside those distractions and look to Jesus in everyday life.
I am so thankful for the gift of God’s grace that allowed me to cross that bridge through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I want to constantly be aware that He is all around me, as I look at creation. I do not want to say as Jacob did, “and I did not know it.” Knowing God through Christ Jesus is something to be thankful for as we struggle in this journey called life. He is our sustainer and strength. He is our way to heaven. Let us give thanks to God for Jesus and the way He made for us to be with Him always.
God to Jacob – “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go…” Genesis 28:15a ESV
Jesus to the disciples – “…And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20b ESV
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About the author: Virginia Grounds is a speaker, author, Bible Teacher, former radio host, and effective communicator. Her love for women’s ministry and passion for God’s Word have been an important part of serving for more than 30 years in ministry in one of the largest churches in America. Virginia served with her husband in full-time ministry helping to meet the needs of hurting people. This motivated her to write her first book, Facing Fears, Quenching Flames, a devotional book for overcoming fear and anger. Her second book, Rock Solid Trust, Trusting God When Life is Hard released last year and is available on Amazon. Her latest book is a Bible Study titled, Living Your Glory Story – knowing God’s Word for Sharing Your Story.
Virginia is married with three adult children and grandchildren. Her ministry website is majesticinspirations.com. Her ministry blog is Grounded Through Faith (formerly Majesticinspirations.com) at www.virginiagrounds.net. She also formats manuscripts for print at www.manuscriptprep.com
Join the conversation: What do you see in nature that reveals God’s presence to us?