The presence of God
by Mary Beth Singleterry
A common desire of human beings is to have a best friend, someone who is always there to encourage you, to help you find the way when you feel lost, to quiet all your fears, and to help heal your troubles.
One of the most wonderful revelations in Christian Science is that you don’t have to go through life with this deep desire unfulfilled. The actual fact about this matter is that you do indeed have a best friend, and this friend is your Maker, God.
Now you may ask, this sounds all well and good, but how do I know this to be true? How do I know God to be my best friend when I can’t even see Him? One way is to sit down quietly, and actually feel His presence. His dear love and care surround you each and every moment. The Bible says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Very often in our busy days we don’t take the time to do this. If we are very still and quiet, we can practice feeling the presence of God. Another way, is to talk to Him as you would talk to a best friend. Tell Him of your concerns and problems, ask Him for help and guidance. And then, with your whole heart and attention, listen for His answers. At first the voice may seem faint, but the more you do this, the more you will be able to hear His loving counsel.
One other wonderful way to feel God’s presence is to see Him in the beauty of a sunset, in the kindly smile of a neighbor, in the warmth of a fireside on a winter’s night. God is the giver of all good and we should acknowledge His care for us in all the love and beauty we see expressed around us.
Having God as a best friend, brings with it a tremendous sense of security and poise. This is a friend who will never leave you, whose wise counsel is never wrong, whose love for you is unfailing and constant. As Hymn #224 states, “O Lord, I would delight in Thee, And on Thy care depend; To Thee in every trouble flee, My best, my ever Friend.” Feel the presence of God in your life, and you will be blessed beyond measure.