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Take time to notice

Pastor Darryl Miller  

South Ensley/Sand Lake United Methodist Churches  

616-636-5659

Psalm 91: 1-2: Living in the Most High’s shelter, camping in the Almighty’s shade, I say to the Lord, “You are my refuge, my stronghold! You are my God—the one I trust!”

This past Labor Day weekend, we went to our annual church family camp on Lake Michigan. We celebrated 50 years of camping together. It is a wonderful place and means a lot to those of us who go. We sing around the campfire and worship together. We even have communion on the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan at sunset. It is truly inspiring. 

Nevertheless, we must remember what it is that makes is so special to us. It is the presence of God. We feel close to Him there and we love that. However, we cannot forget that His presence is always with us. We must remember that we can feel close to Him wherever we may be. The trick is to seek Him. To pay attention to His presence. 

Of course, it is easier to notice Him in a quiet and beautiful place like a camp or a backyard than it is in a noisy office, but that is because of our focus, not His presence. Are we willing to take time to notice His presence? The next time you get to a place where the world seems to be coming in around you, remember to try to take a moment to stop and listen, to feel, to hear that still quiet voice. He is there and He always will be. That is the true beauty of creation, God’s presence in all of us. Are you having trouble slowing down and focusing on God? Ask a friend or the pastor of a nearby church to pray with you. 

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