I am a firm believer that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). To me, that means that He is intimately involved in my greatest joys and my deepest struggles. Indeed, I couldn’t escape His love even if I tried. David once declared,
“Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.”
Here’s the secret I’ve discovered over the years. The more we practice an awareness of His presence as we move throughout our days, the more we will see His hand moving in ourselves and those He’s placed around us. I’ve watched Him stand as Maestro over the brilliant cacophony of my life and continually bring order out of chaos.
Once developed, our abiding awareness of Him brings with it a richness of spirit and a depth of soul that serves us and those around us with excellence. Once our eyes are clear and our hearts perceive the great good He is actively doing around us we’ll begin uncovering hidden treasure.
Treasure Hidden in Secret Places
“If I say, ‘Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,’
even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.”
Years ago I was being still before the Lord and He took me to an underwater grotto. It was very dark as we dove down into the depths of the sea but we soon popped up into a cave. As we climbed out of the water our clothing instantly dried. It fascinated me. As I looked at the Lord I could see Him glowing and as He drew near to the walls of this underwater cave I could see jewels sparkling all around Him – thousands and thousands of jewels of varying sizes. I was amazed as it had originally appeared to me to be like any other cave wall – dark, cold and drab. He laughed at the expression on my face and said, “Look at yourself!” I looked at my hands and discovered I was glowing too. I reached my hand out toward the cave wall, and I, too, could see the hidden treasure all around me.
“I will give you hidden treasures, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name.” Isaiah 45:3
I’ve pondered this vision for years. I’ve discovered that as I take the time to nurture my relationship with the Lord I have all the light I need to see situations and people more clearly. He enables me to point to the treasure instead of the chaos and speak to those points of brilliance in the people He’s placed around me. Seeing the morass of humanity is the easiest thing in the world. Seeing the treasure is much more difficult, but infinitely more rewarding.
This is something that has to happen first with our own hearts and with the identity and vision we have of ourselves. If we don’t have a clear estimation of the treasure He’s placed within us, how could we possibly see the treasure He’s placed in others? How often do we forget that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made?” (Psalm 139:14)
The easiest path along this journey of walking in excellence is simply spending time with Him. Dig into His word. Let Him love you. Let Him take you on adventures. Allow Him to tell you and show you and shout about how He feels about you. Let Him sing and dance over you. Let Him show you where the secret treasures lie. You’ll discover, just as I have, that He IS the greatest Treasure ever known and He joyfully lives and moves within us.
I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating; He wants to speak to us more than what we care to listen. He is a good Father, and will move heaven and earth to get His message across to those who are seeking His face. What fills our eyes will fill our hearts as well.
Excellence as a Lifestyle
Pursuing excellence boils down to one simple thing – intimately knowing God and His ways. Can we honestly say that we “count all things loss for the sake of knowing Christ” as Paul once declared? As we push away our pride, our distractions, our agendas and our kingdoms and simply come, we’ll find a better way to live as we sit at His feet. His yoke is e-a-s-y, and His burden is light. Let Him fill you with the light of His love so you can not only walk in the excellence He has called you to as a child of the King, but uncover the buried treasure He’s waiting to be revealed.
Father, I lift up all my precious brothers and sisters in Christ who have taken the time out of their busy days to read this blog and I release Your joy over them. Give them a divine hunger to know You more. Set their eyes on You, first and most of all. Tell them what YOU think about them. Tell them how loved and cherished and treasured they really are. As much as You are our Treasure, we know that we are Yours. You gave the life of Your Son so that we could run to You, and You could live in us. Let us not take spending time with You for granted. Open our eyes so we can have a clear vision of who we are in You. Open our eyes to see the treasure in others and help us to call out the light while crushing the darkness. Dark is as light to You. May it also be for Your children. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Would you like to dig a bit deeper this week? Check out the book, “The Practice of the Presence of God” by Brother Lawrence. He joyfully discovered the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” His journey will inspire you!
Lori Anderson-Bowen is the Charleston SC-C3 Intercessory Prayer Coordinator. She is passionate about hearing the voice of God and seeing people walk in freedom daily through the ministry of prayer. Lori is also a business partner with SC-C3 and the proud owner of Andowen Photography. You can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.