I have a shelf in my little library devoted to devotionals because I never get tired of reading short inspirational pieces. So often the Lord has spoken to me through them. With that in mind, I’ve invited Rose Chandler Johnson, author of the new devotional, God Me and Sweet Iced Tea, to share an excerpt from her book. Rose shares with us how God spoke to her about the Reality of the Indwelling Christ.
Enjoy . . .
Early one morning, I was in my classroom preparing for the day’s activities. My students were quietly working in groups on a warm-up activity, which gave me a few minutes to work at my desk. I gazed across the room where a large bright window caught my eye. Several potted plants thrived there in the light. My thoughts turned to God and I said, “I need some encouragement, Lord. I need a special touch from You today.”
No sooner had those words passed through my consciousness than I heard, Go touch that leaf. When the words popped into my head, I knew the Lord was speaking to me. Without hesitation, before I could question myself, I walked directly to the window and grasped a leaf between the palms of my hands. As soon as I touched that leaf, the words continued: You cannot see it or feel it, yet life is coursing through this plant. That’s how I am in you.
As I stood holding the leaf, nothing marvelous happened on the outside. On the inside, however, I was filled to overflowing with peace, joy and the blessed assurance of His presence. An awesome awareness unlike any I had ever had before of the omnipresence of God filled me. He was all around me, like the air I breathe, surrounding me and within me, invisible, yet my very life. The awareness of this reality stayed with me for days.
Now, years later, I know that God, by His mercy and kindness, taught me a truth that day. He gave me the special touch I needed. Because of that special moment of grace, I have a heightened sense of my place in Him and of His Spirit within me. I can says as Paul did: For in Him we live, and move, and have our being (Acts 17:28a).
For more from Rose Chandler Johnson visit her blog.
Rose McCormick Brandon’s new book One Good Word Makes all the Difference can be purchased here.