SURROUNDED

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John 14:20 In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.

I recently went for a walk on the lakefront in New Orleans. I wanted to get some fresh air, a little exercise, and some time with the Lord. I got more than I bargained for that morning. It was a little chilly with a north wind blowing off of Lake Ponchartrain, the sun was rising and the sky was crystal clear. To say it was a beautiful day was a great understatement. After praying and walking I gradually became aware of the presence of the Lord. All I can say is that I was surrounded. People who have been to heaven describe the heaviness of the atmosphere of heaven. This heaviness is the Holy Spirit and is a taste of that atmosphere. I began to reflect on today’s scripture as His presence increased throughout my walk. What a great revelation, I am in Him and He is in me. That day I was stuck on the “I am in Him” part. I was in stunned amazement as I began to sense the great enormity of His glory. Stephen and Isaiah both said that the universe itself cannot contain Him. The Pulpit New Testament Commentary touches on this reality.

“Your own consciousness of my presence, and of continuous communion with me, will reveal to you, as you never knew before, that I am in my Father, and also that I am in you. So the apparent paradox presents itself, that in order to know the Father, to see the Father, we must commune with the humanity of Jesus; but in order to realize and come into contact with that humanity, we have to grasp that it is lifted up into God. Because he is in the Father he is able to be with and in us.”

What a powerful truth, I am in Him and He is in me. Like I said before, that day I was stuck on the “I am in Him” part. If I am in Him like, I sensed on my walk, all the time, even when I am not feeling it, then I have a feeling everything is going to be okay. That’s what I got on my walk that day, “I’ve got you”, you just draw near to me. I get it now, I am surrounded, surrounded by the Lord, surrounded by a His love.

2 Replies to “SURROUNDED”

  1. As you read this last night and I pondered on it, another scripture came to mind, John 15:9 – Only in that there is this mingling of Father, Son, Holy Spirit and man.
    My visual interpretation of this is multiple lights pointed at the same spot on the floor. One can not see one from the others but rather they become one! Jesus, our mediator, He is in Father, in me, me in Him and thus me in the Father, me one with God. OVERWHELMING! Praise God \o/

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