Last week, I woke up from a dream that I remember. (This rarely happens)
Right as I awoke, the computer monitor in the other room flashed. My brain shot into “fight” mode, because it was startled and thought someone is in the house.
So I got up and walked around, calculating what I would do should I encounter someone.
After checking ever good hiding spot, I laid back in bed.
WIRED with Adrenaline.
I could now hear every noise, smell the scent of my wife’s hair, and see everything. I could even see that I was going to have a hard time getting back asleep.
There is a connection that is animalistic. We experience heighten senses when are in this “mode”. It’s evolutionary. It’s normal. It’s in all of us.
So, this got me thinking. Why are some people, in certain places, not experiencing God like they do in other parts of the world, country and even in my city? I think it sometimes involves what we are doing (or not doing).
When my family goes underneath the bridges, into the homeless shelters, and into homes that have youth from fractured families, I find myself seeing, hearing, and feeling God more than I did in a church building. I find that I’m very aware. I’m full of adrenaline.
It’s not always from excitement.
Sometimes it’s from fear. (It’s not like we are always unafraid)
Either way, it comes from following Christ into places and relationships where we lose control and need Him to exert His.
The less I program God, the more I depend on Him.
The more I depend on Him, the more I look for Him.
The more I look for Him, the more I see Him.
The more I see Him, the farther I’ll follow Him.
The farther I’ll follow Him, the less I can program Him.
I think it comes back to question someone once asked me when I worked for a church: “If God didn’t show up on Sunday morning, could y’all still pull everything off?”
I said “probably”.
He said something that I’ve wrestled with since… “then He won’t”.