Absorbing God’s presence- Part 4

By Dave Henning / October 11, 2013

In today’s post, Max Lucado (You’ll Get Through This) discusses the fourth and final way to open our souls to God’s presence.

4.  Lean on God’s people.  Pastor Lucado states that we need to cancel our escape to the Himalayas and forget about that trip to a deserted island.  This is no time to be a hermit.  Using marine imagery, Max encourages us to be “a barnacle on the boat of God’s church.”

In “Questions for Reflection” at the end of You’ll Get Through This, Christine Anderson tells us that a barnacle begins its life as a tiny, free-swimming organism.  In order to mature into adulthood, however, a barnacle needs to attach itself to a hard surface.  The barnacle does this by producing a type of rubbery, liquid cement that soon hardens.  Throughout its life, a barnacle produces concentric rings of cement, strengthening its attachment to the boat.

As we worship and fellowship with other Christians, we find God’s presence in the midst of God’s people.  JJ, who lost his only son Cooper in a dune buggy accident, still has deep hurts.  Yet JJ is able to reflect:

“We know what the bottom looks like, and we know who is waiting there- Jesus Christ.”

Today’s question: During your transitional time, how have Christian friends helped you to cement your relationship with Jesus?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “Precious Lord, take my hand”

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