I’ve spent many years with various “bands of brothers” who have intentionally invested time in friendship. We share a vision; we agree on what a transformed life and a transformed community might look like. We often nit pick on how to see such an environment become reality…we’re busy men with different experiences and views, yet we continue to discuss this important matter.
Most of us have come to realize that God is always present (omni presence) and instead of going to God in prayer we don’t need to go anywhere; He’s always in our midst in every conversation. We are continuously in prayer. You can imagine how our time together changes when we remember that.
Most of us have matured to include Him in each conversation as active listeners. We love Him and He continues to teach us to love others…to live His will on earth as it is in Heaven. God is more than present, He is a permanent resident…He lives with us and we have become one family (indwelling presence).
One of these brothers often speaks about “signs and wonders”. I’ve pondered why I see many more “wonders” when he and I spend time together. These “wonders” are God’s visible expression of His power (manifest presence). I know neither one of us live in a totally right relationship with God…that’s our daily experiment. So why do I sense God’s manifest presence/power when I spend time with thIs one guy…after all Jesus never said He would dole out His glory to some but that the glory His father gave Him has already been given to all those who believe and follow Him.
I’ve concluded that I need to continue to be a better listener while learning to be a better observer (ears to hear AND eyes that see).