Delighting in God's Constant Presence

I expected sleepy sunlight to greet me when I pushed back the curtains, but instead, fog camped on the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Almost 500 Christian writers converged on Ridgecrest, a beautiful conference center nestled on the side of a North Carolina mountain.

Some of us took pictures of the fog and its accompanying rain-filled clouds. Others wished they had umbrellas to trek across the campus to stay as dry as possible. It wasn’t until the last morning of the conference that the fog lifted and I saw the personal relevance of our ethereal friend.

As long as the writers were stationed on site—learning, worshiping God, and connecting with each other—the fog stayed. When it was time for the writers to go home, the fog left too. In the Old Testament, God’s presence was manifested by a cloud that led His people through the wilderness and protected them. The constant presence of the fog last week will always serve as a reminder to me that God is constantly with His people.

How much we need Him! God is with us on the mountain and in the valley. In the sunshine and in the storm. In the laughter and in the pain. We need Him as much as we need air to breathe, for He is the Giver of hope, the Healer of hearts, and the only Constant in a chaotic world. He knows how to work harmful things into good and how to help us share our story with others. He is always with us. Have you seen His “cloud” with you recently?

I find His cloud in the joy I gain from spending time alone with Him. When I hear my favorite song sung in church. In the encouragement from a friend. I know He is with me through answered prayer, victory over a struggle, and peace that can only come from Him. He is both my fog and my sunshine.  The Shepherd who guides me and the Fire that moves me to tell others about Him.

How have you seen God’s presence with you recently? How has He made Himself real to you? Share in the comments below, and let’s celebrate together that God’s presence is always with us.

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Matthew 28:20 NKJV

 

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Comments (10)

  • anon

    Love the picture you painted with your words. A beautiful reminder.
     

    May 28, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you, Patty! So glad I was able to see you there.
     

    May 28, 2017
  • anon

    Love this post, Katy! The fog actually seemed to make it feel more intimate, although I did miss the sun. Great getting to meet you in person and spending a little time with you!

    May 28, 2017
  • anon

    Ditto, Crickett! I enjoyed seeing you. It seemed perfect timing that the fog went home when we did. I hope you loved the whole week!
     

    May 28, 2017
  • anon

    The fog analogy is perfect, Katy. I sense God's presence when cool breezes blow reminding me of how He refreshes. 

    May 28, 2017
  • anon

    Sunlight on a cloudy day does that for me. It reminds me He is near and listening when I pray. Thank you for sharing that, Jeannie!
     

    May 28, 2017
  • anon

    Reading your post helped remind me of the wonderful time I had at the conference. Even though it was foggy and rainy outside, the "sunshine" of Yahweh's presence filled each classroom and meeting place because His Spirit was within everyone I met! It was so wonderful meeting you in person, Katy. Thank you for all you do!

    May 28, 2017
  • anon

    Yes! His sunshine is with us no matter what the weather does. I loved meeting you and your husband. Thank you for being so gracious and encouraging wherever you go. You're a treasure to know, Dorcas!
     

    May 28, 2017
  • anon

    I kept thinking about this same thing as I drove towards the retreat center. The glory of the Lord always came in the clouds for the Isrealites, so they could know He was always with them. I hadn't thought about how it was there the entire time we were and then how it lifted as we left. What a beautiful picture of the presence of God you have left for us Katy. Thank you for making this time that was already a "mountain top" experience even more intimate. 

    May 28, 2017
  • anon

    Thank you for sharing that, Dawn! It was wonderful meeting you in person and hearing about your experiences and book. I can't wait to see what God has in store for all of us as we seek to share His light through the written word. He is with us no matter what. That makes writing all the more fun. Where would we be without Him? Period!
     

    May 28, 2017

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