One of the greatest benefits to a personal relationship with God is His immediacy. He is always available. Anywhere, anytime, no fuss, no pre-scheduling, here and now in the present moment.
No arguing about what we have to do to get ready…no grumpy tolerance, (at best), when I want to talk, no turning the conversation around to make it all about Him, (although I should.) He is simply available, 100% attuned, to my needs. And as a writer, I need His immediacy — a lot.
When I travel, He is with me. A few years ago, I visited the exotic destinations of Belize and Guatemala. God was present in the lapping waves of a Caribbean aqua ocean. He spoke through every seagull squawk. God sighed with me over the high misty mountains of Guatemala, and helped me see His glory in every shade of green blanketed over rocky cliffs.
In 2009, I was captivated by a Maryland autumn where leaves turned from green to brilliant reds, yellows, and oranges before my freshly healed eyes. I hopped a plane back to Missouri as the colors changed dramatically at home. Within a couple of weeks, I went to New Mexico as a display of gold’s and yellows mingled with the browns and greens of a Southwest fall. God visited each place with me, and held my hand while I oohed and ahhed.
All of this on the heels of five traumatic weeks without my eyesight. (A story for another time.) And yes, He was with me when I could not see.
One of my favorite spots sits along the gulf at Cedar Key, Florida. Pelicans dive for fish beyond the balcony. I’ve watched schools of dolphins frolic off the pier. Moss-dripped Cypress frame gorgeous landscapes. This little fishing village is yet another source of gratitude lodged in my soul. When I am there, so is He.
Everywhere I go, God travels with me, and inspires images painted with words.
While writing, I can take a break and listen to God’s love song. When I plug into I Am a Friend of God, the tears begin to flow. With raised hands I feel His presence. I hear Him say, “I love you this much, Anita.”
I don’t understand why He chose to call me friend. Why does He provide memories and allow me the honor of sharing them with others? I can’t comprehend the immediacy of God when I call on His name. But I praise Him for being 100% immersed in my life. I am thankful He resides in every experience. Without Him, I would have nothing to write about. He is the Author of all my present moments, and paints all my good words.
What Present Moments are you grateful for?
And, “YOU, LORD IN THE BEGINNING LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND THE HEAVENS ARE THE WORKS OF YOUR HANDS.” Hebrews 1:10 (NASB)
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.
She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy marriage, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.