Driving down my favorite way to work one morning I heard a short devotional on the radio that was about when there isn’t much more one can do but to ask for God to “show up.” The brief meditation referred to those moments when darkness overcomes us, when the situation is too much for us to bear, when the hurt is too painful. It is in those moments when we are left with no means of our own and all we can do in our brokenness is to cry out to Him and ask Him to reveal Himself to us in a mighty and visible way.
I was very touched by the words and the Holy Spirit promptly moved me to action. I immediately began to pray for the Lord to be revealed in my loved ones today. I began to pray for Him to “show up.”
I walk surrounded by wounded souls and broken spirits. Insecurities, confusion and unanswered “whys” blur our vision and keep us from seeing His glory divine all around. This is the moment to breathe and beg for Him to show His glory, even here, like the beautiful song by Mercy Me called “The Hurt and the Healer” say. He sure can “breathe us back to live.” He is the only One who can.
He breathes us back to life even when we are not even noticing. He does show up even if we are not paying attention. He reveals Himself daily in small details as well as in awesome wonders. He shows up in the beauty of a summer afternoon that brightens the soul that is clouded by sorrow. He shows up in the laughter of little children who play unaware of the hurt inside. He shows up in the perfect song on the radio that lifts us up when we need to be picked up. He shows up in the warm embrace of a friend and in the kind words of someone who cares. Above all, He shows up, He reveals Himself to His own in His Word.
We may, however, miss His revelation if we lose our focus. Like Peter, if we turn our eyes to the storm rather than keep them on the Lord, the waves overcome us and we sink. While immerse in those moments of pain so deep that we can hardly move, the one thing we should not do is to sever our communication with the Most High. The truth is that He has never left us, even when we don’t feel His presence. He is always with us even when our feelings deceive us. He never leaves us even if we can’t experience His revelation.
Praying the Word of God while we wait in Him is imperative. Prayer is what keeps the line of communication open as we wait for the Healer to reveal Himself, wipe away our tears and erase our pain. Praying for Him to “show up” keeps us plugged into the outlet of His mighty power and allows us to be tuned in so we don’t miss Him when He does show up.