I want to tell you about a place where I have had the some of the most meaningful God encounters. You see, God has created us to encounter Himself. Christianity is an encounter with God, and in encountering Him, we get to know Him! In Christ, God has redeemed ALL that Adam lost. The fellowship Adam enjoyed with God in the Garden was restored to us in Christ. In knowing Christ, we know God–perfectly. In Christ, God has come to us “in the cool of the day” (Genesis 3:8).
Almost every day I read my bible and spend time in some form of prayer. In these ways, I consistently meet with Him and He with me. In these ways I learn from Him and seek to become like Him. Yet, this is not the place I am referring. The place God comes “in the cool of the day” is while I and doing my dishes.
Dish washing has become sacred to me. It is where I usually am alone, listening to music, a podcast or the sound of my crazy children running around. But as I wash dishes, He comes. Numerous times while washing dishes, I have become so aware of His presence I begin to worship, praise, intercede and cry. As I have washed dishes He has shared His heart with me, told me of His plans or given me direction and counsel. I think He comes close in these moments because He can and likes to. After all, this is what Jesus paid for…a restored relationship with God.
I want to propose that the Lord desires that our homes (and the places in which we frequent) become places of divine encounter. They are places in which the Lord draws close and invites us to respond. I believe the normal places in our lives are targets for the Holy Spirit to usher us into fellowship with Himself.
Is your home (and the places you frequent) a place of divine encounter?
There are 3 scriptures that I have built my life around to capitalize on the times that God draws close “in the cool of the day.” These scriptures help me ‘lean’ into these moments with my Father and my King.
Psalm 95:7 – “For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice“ (italics mine). This verse assures me that everyday God speaks and invites me to daily listen for His voice. I live with a sense of anticipation that God wants to speak to me. Whether He speaks through my devotional time, bible reading, prayer, a pastor/leader, a friend, a burning bush or sermon, I purposely soften my heart so I don’t miss His voice.
Psalm 27:8 – “When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You,“Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.” (Italics mine). I am the steward of my own heart (Proverbs 4:23). When I hear or sense my heart reaching out towards God, I allow myself the time to seek God’s face. I often slip to my knees and just listen for His voice or pray, “speak Lord, for your servant is listening.” This practice has trained me to ‘lean’ into His affections towards me.
Exodus 3:1-4 – In Exodus 3, we find the story of God’s calling of Moses. I find verse 4 amazing as it reads, “When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” A burning bush in the dessert is hardly unusual. It was the fact that this bush was not consumed that intrigued Moses. When God saw Moses had turned aside to look at the bush, He spoke. When I notice that God seems to be close, a practice of turning aside to listen is wisdom. Turning aside to listen to God when washing dishes has transformed my life.