As I exercised this morning at Anytime Fitness, I decided to do something I haven’t done for a while. Lately I have been watching the news or some sports game. Well, this morning I pulled out my memory cards to look at as I worked the treadmill. What a joy it was! I have written on these cards passages of Scripture, parts of Luther’s Small Catechism, and some quotes by authors whose words have challenged me in some way.
I reviewed a quote from Larry Christenson’s book “Ride The River.” It was refreshing to put this into my mind again. Here it goes: “Recurring remembrances of the indwelling presence of the Holy Trinity lifts you to a different level of life and living — not a place where problems disappear or instance blessings flow in abundance, but, paradoxically, a place where you recognize the hand of God even in the midst suffering, the forward movement of God’s plan despite difficulty and discouragement.” [pp. 176-177].
Today I have needed to recall the indwelling presence of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I desire to live with a vivid sense of the indwelling presence of our Lord, with an awareness of His presence as I journey through my day. It helps me keep the right perspective of God’s Upper Story coming down into my Lower Story. Members of Grace will know what I mean by that.