By April Terry (personal blog http://faithwarming.blogspot.com)
I did a message this ministry Sunday about getting back to the Garden of Eden. It was about being in constant communication with God, even when it comes to the small things. In a way, I got a direct illustration on what that might mean after our third service for our ministry. On the second row at the back, there was a gentleman frozen and unmoving. He wasn’t older like many of the seniors we meet so he probably had ALS or some other kind of disease that causes this. He stared straight ahead without any response. I never assume that someone doesn’t understand because I don’t know for sure if they do, so when I stepped forward to greet him after the service, I stopped directly in front of him and stooped down to look in his eyes. I asked him how he was and not even an eyelid blinked, but he seemed to be looking at me, so I plodded forward to acknowledge him. I told him I understood that he couldn’t communicate, but I asked him if I could pray for him. Then, a tiny flicker of recognition and a slight move, barely perceptible, of the head told me it was okay.
I prayed out loud that God would be present with this man and that the man would feel God’s presence within his heart and mind. I asked God to relieve his suffering and to be with him one day at time for the time that he would have left. Finishing my prayer, I lifted my eyes and saw a tear coming out of his right eye. I knew I hadn’t seen it before, and I knew it wasn’t a fluke. I knew that inside that frozen body, cried out a man who wanted to be heard and listened to. It’s not fair to be locked inside of a broken body.
In a way, today’s message of getting back to Eden was so perfect. The message was about what it might have been like before man’s fall when God was present with Adam and Eve in the garden. Would God have been always present, always available? What would that feel like to live our lives in that kind of relationship with the One who created us? I try to think of it as a way of living where God is always present in our hearts, souls, and minds. It would be a way of living where we shared both little and big experiences with Him. That kind of relationship could be a real blessing to a person locked inside their broken body.
Wouldn’t we act differently if each day we were aware of God’s presence and involvement in our lives? I think so. I think we would be kinder to others and gentler with people. I think we would help one another and pray about every little thing. We would pray that our garden grows better and know that the minor events of today are as important to God as the big things. I think we’d even drive a car differently if we drove as if Jesus were sitting in the back seat. Living that way would probably mean that we were a lot more involved in working with those in less fortunate circumstances. Ultimately, I think we would be as available to God as we expect Him to be to us.
May 21st, 2012 · 3 Comments
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