Faith & Life: Are You Ready to Jump in?

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Are You Ready to Jump in?

When God Calls You to Enter His Presence

by Joanne Troppello

I had just finished eating lunch and was about to sit down to start work when I heard my nieces playing outside next door. They had been playing in their small pool on the porch and then chasing each other around their yard.

I had the TV on and thought I heard a notification on my phone that our outdoor camera picked up motion by our stairs, but when I went to the door, no one was there. A short while later, I heard knocking again. I opened our front door and my niece stood there in her bathing suit and smiled as she said, “Hi.” She held out her arms and asked, “Do you want to get wet?”

I knew what she meant. She wanted to hug me, but also get me wet—if I was okay with that. I smiled and said, “Sure.”

Then she gave me a hug. She smiled and said, “Ok, bye.” She laughed and went down the stairs to join her sister back at their kiddie pool.

Entering God’s Presence

As I walked back to my office area to start work again, I smiled. I always love seeing my nieces. It was cute how Ari stopped by just to try to get me wet by giving me a hug.

This incident made me think about how God wants to have communion with you and me each day. I pictured Him knocking on my door and saying, “Do you want a hug, even though you’ll get wet?”

Ok, so maybe that sounds silly to you, but that’s how my mind works. When things happen in life or I have interactions with others, many times my mind focuses on some lesson that I can learn from it.

This situation with my niece brought to mind how God desires for His children to continually enter into His presence in prayer, and praise and worship. However, there is a caveat—are you ready to get wet (or saturated) with His presence?

If that is what you want, God is ready and waiting for you to enter in.

Just the other night, I felt like God wanted me to listen to worship music as I got ready for bed. Yet, at first, I didn’t feel like listening. I was hesitant because stress and anxiety over certain issues had hindered my communion with Him for several days.

I hadn’t felt close to Him. God hadn’t moved away from me. I had moved away from Him. That still, small voice urging me to enter into God’s presence through listening to worship amazed me—and frightened me at the same time.

I needed to surrender my stress and anxiety to God if I truly entered into worship before Him. That’s why I hesitated. It made no sense, yet that’s how I reacted as if I would rather hold onto the fear instead of revering God.

Thankfully, my spirit overcame my flesh and I obeyed. Listening to some worship music and entering into God’s presence before bed helped to restore my heart to true communion with Him.

“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” – John 4: 23-24 (NKJV)

When I allow myself to surrender my will to God and worship Him in spirit and truth, good things happen. My mindset is renewed. God can work in my life. My flesh and soul get realigned with my spirit in control—in line with God’s leading.

Are you ready to jump in?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel. Connect with Joanne on Twitter. You can find Joanne on these social media channels—Twitter, Facebook, Parler, Spreely, and Clouthub—with the same username, @JoanneTroppello—and @joannetroppello.mseedsentinel on Instagram. Visit the Mustard Seed Sentinel YouTube Channel. Check out MSS Live Well Corner.