I felt like God spoke a couple of things to me during these prayer times.
- A scripture that was used in one of the meetings was 2 Chronicles 7:14 'If my people,
The trees in our backyard on a cloudy day
Being present in this moment for God.
Last night I was struggling with just that. Distracting thoughts kept coming. When someone isn't physically present with you, its a faith exercise to 'stay present' with them. One easy way I've found to manage this is to offer those distracting thoughts to God - just turn them into prayers. I'm not sure why I didn't completely take advantage of it last night.
- It was windy yesterday and I was looking out our back window at the trees blowing in the wind. It was also sunny out (the picture above was from a day later when it was cloudy) so the shadows of the leaves were dynamic on the ground to say the least. The wind was so boisterous the phrase that came into my mind is 'the trees are dancing.' And then I noticed all the different types of trees and how they moved in the wind. The willow trees were moving vibrantly - whole branches were bending up and down. Our neighbour's younger trees were leaning away from the wind in sweeping dips. Our spruce tree, on the other hand, was wiggling stiffly, not making big sweeping motions.
It struck me how, if the trees were people dancing, God would love and accept each of them and their dancing just the way He made them. He wouldn't expect the spruce tree to move like the willows - they are made totally different. I think its similar with us when I consider prayer and worship. We're all made differently and we've experienced life differently. We're going to pray and worship God in different ways. I believe He accepts that. I need to as well. I shouldn't compare myself to others and think 'perhaps that's the way I should be praying'. I also shouldn't compare myself to others and think 'Whew, at least I sang better than them.' Little children don't compare - they don't give what they are doing a second thought. They are just 'present in that moment.'