While God is always with me (cf., Mt. 28:20), I am not always awake to that reality. Yet God has given me the capacity to live and abide in this awareness. This might be described as a “with You” kind of life. While living this grace enabled “with You” quality of life, there are tangible symptoms of its reality. “For with you is the fountain of life” (Psalm 37:9). As I abide…as I live aware of God’s loving presence, I experience heavenly droplets of love, joy, peace, security, faith and hope. The boundary lines of the abiding life are not drawn in concrete, but rather are kept in the spiritual realm of discernment. If/when I wander too far from this fountain of life, I should begin to discern a lessening of the heavenly droplets. Such discernment is meant to nudge me back to God’s fountain. Yet if I continue to venture still further away, I can find myself living completely in the flesh. When in the flesh I exist without the awareness of God’s presence. I have forgotten God. In this state my instinctive desire to experience God’s heavenly droplets from his fountain of life is still fully functional, but my desires become very vulnerable to reorienting themselves to the various worldly substitutes so easily accessible outside God’s reign and rule. These pretentious droplets, once embraced, quickly become an idol and an addiction.
Thank you God that “with you is the fountain of life.” Home for me is living within reach of this shower of love. While even a single drop is precious to me, Lord, I want to live each moment soaking wet from your fountain of life!
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