A real encounter with Jesus changes everything. Whether it’s radical like the one of Paul, as he was knocked off of his horse on his way to Damascus, or as gentle as the one with the woman at the well…

A moment with Jesus marks a lifetime of transformation and wonder.

So many of us love to reminisce on the day His love became real- the very moment His presence was so thick and tangible. Not only could you feel it, but you could actually touch it. We live as if such a real presence of God is unavailable or inaccessible every day. Is the presence of God temporary? Is He not an omnipresent God who is always there- the great I AM?  

It’s absolutely crucial, no, necessary, to live in the very midst of His presence every passing moment of our lives. We wouldn’t struggle to love God, since it would be a natural response to His presence. Just as Moses’ face changed after an encounter with the Lord, we are transformed once we experience a real, significant moment with the Lord.

“When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.” (Exodus 34:29)

So how do we get there? It’s a matter of coming into full recognition of the omnipresence of God.  God is always there. He’s a good Father who longs to dwell among His children. He loves to reveal Himself, because at the acknowledgement of His beauty, He is glorified. It’s a matter of our desperation for His presence in our daily lives. Moses declared that he would rather remain in the presence of God than enter the promiseland without it.  David’s heart cry was to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life.

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord…”  (Psalm 27:4)

How fortunate are we that God loves to pursue us and cause our hearts to cry in desperation for Him?  May we never grow weary in our hunger and desperation for the presence of the living God. May we never become comfortable or indifferent towards His love. May we be true lovers of His presence.  

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