Every girl knows the importance of a good cry. Sometimes our souls are full and the only way we know to respond is with tears. I had one of these moments in Milan, Italy a few weeks ago. Carl and I traveled to Italy for the KT and Friends Cruise. We arrived the day before we boarded the ship and after a quick nap, we decided to explore Milan. It was such a beautiful city. We had lunch at a little cafe with authentic pizza and delicious gelato. After lunch we walked through the shopping district and ended up at a magnificent cathedral called the Duomo.
The minute I walked through the doors my heart was full. Tears streamed down my face as I was overwhelmed by the sheer majesty of this cathedral. I was overcome by the beauty and the grandeur. Almost immediately, I realized that as magnificent as this cathedral was, it was nothing compared to the majesty of God. This cathedral is huge, but even in its size, it's not a big enough house for God. As I sat on a wooden bench and absorbed my surroundings, the tears continued to fall. It reminded me of the song, “You are Awesome in This Place” because the awesomeness of God was evident. It was an experience that I can't even put into words. It was the highlight of my trip.
Now that I am back in my routine, I long to be taken back to that place. Not the physical place, but the spiritual place. I long to shut out the world, and sit alone with God and be overwhelmed by His presence. I long to be vulnerable enough to experience the fullness of His grace. I long for the intimacy I felt in that cathedral.
Maybe you long for that, as well. Maybe you long for a time when you were closer to God than you are now. A time when you had a deeper intimacy than you are experiencing at this point on your journey. Sweet Friend, I want to tell you that you can have that. James 4:8 reminds us that when we draw near to God, He draws near to us. This comforts and encourages my heart knowing that God longs for the same things I long for. He longs for me to draw near to Him so that He can lavish me with His love and grace. He longs for intimacy with me, just as I long for it with Him. He is waiting for me to come to Him and call to Him and seek Him with all my heart. (Jeremiah 29)
I don't have to be in a beautiful cathedral to experience the overwhelming presence of God. He is with me wherever I am. He does not require a majestic building, He only requires an open heart.
So today, I am making time to meet with God. Not just few minutes to skim through the Word. But a special time to be with Him and Him alone. I am intentionally taking time to calm my mind and let my heart be fully present. I can't wait to see what God has planned for our time together, but I know it is going to be great.
What about you? Do you long for a deeper relationship with the Lord? I encourage you to take time today to shut out the world and enter in to the presence of the Lord. You won't regret it.
If you are new to spending time with the Lord, you may want to check out this prayer guide I wrote. It will guide you through some Scriptures and questions to get the conversation with God started. I also have a few other resources on the “Free Resources” page of my website.
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We can talk to God anywhere and at anytime, but where do you go to really shut out the world and just be with Him?
What are your favorite tools to take with you to that place? (Bible, music, journal, etc.)
What has God revealed to you lately as a result of the time you've spent with Him?