A dear friend of mine wrote the song, “Surely the Presence of the Lord Is in This Place,” while sitting in a church dedication service.
The Holy Spirit dropped this in his heart and he introduced it to the other singers and the church in a morning service. The lyrics say, “I can feel His might power and His grace.”
The week that I lost my mother in death, I was overwhelmed with grief and the thought of my being an orphan was too much to bear. It sounds crazy because I was 42 years old at the time, but the realization that I would never have a home to go back too. I would never have that parental support again, where just a brief conversation could relieve some of the fear and anxiety. I would never speak to a parent again this side of heaven. During this time, I relied on the assurance that I knew in my hear that my Heavenly Father would help me hold it together, and as a result, I experienced His tangible presence as I navigated through my new normal.
I can’t adequately explain it, but we have a personal God who loves us so much and shares in experiences of our lives. I’m grateful that my life issues aren’t what defines Him, rather He defines my life through the circumstances and situations I face. It’s taken me awhile to realize it, but if I want to feel his tangible presence, I have to escape the noise and turn completely to Him.