Any human being’s greatest desire is to be loved. Love is the one emotion that supersedes all emotions. It is the emotion every child is born with. An infant can recognize and respond to love. What human beings learn in life is how to express love; to give, receive or withhold it – and even fail to recognize being loved.
Christians believe that God is the full embodiment of love. Thus, to experience love is to experience God’s presence. Actually, all spiritual expressions articulate the same thing, and that is, to be whole is having the assurance of being embraced by unconditional love.
In other words, being in the presence of God, is the equivalent of being whole. Think of Psalm 91, for example. This is what it says: “O you who dwell in the shelter of the Most High and abide in the protection of Shaddai. I say of the Lord, my refuge and stronghold, my God in whom I trust; that He will save you from the fowler’s trap, and the destructive plague”. (verses 1-3).
There is a sense or a feeling and the assurance of being completely embraced, covered and protected. Even when there are snares and troubles all around, the presence of God is reassuring and comforting. One feels safe and secure. “You need not fear the terror by night, or the arrow that flies by day, the plague that stalks in the darkness, or the scourge that ravages at noon” (verse 5).
Where love abounds, there is no fear. In the presence of God, there is no fear. This is wholeness.
Think of a time in your life when you felt completely loved; a time you simply did not have fear of anything; a time you felt completely secure in spite of surroundings to the contrary. Such moments are times when we experience God’s presence the most.
Can we re-live those moments? Yes, we can. Actually, we can make it a daily experience, or experiencing God’s presence everyday. Let us see, HOW, next.