Enjoying the Small God Moments

I do not claim to be any kind of spiritual teacher or guru, I am merely a seeker of truth. However, from time to time I have people who approach me for personal/spiritual advice. One of the questions that I am often asked is “where is God?”. Usually the individual says that they have been going to church, meditating, praying, studying scripture, etc. for x number of months or years, but that they have never really felt God, or at least they haven’t felt God in a long time.

Some of us are probably familiar with the “spiritual high” that is felt after some sort of church camp, spiritual retreat, meditation experience, etc. where you have such a profound experience that you literally feel as if you could reach out and touch God. Usually this feeling lasts for a few days, or maybe even a few weeks, until it slowly starts to fade away, leaving you yearning for another direct experience.

Others who have never had a spiritual high continually seek this magical and profound moment, and become disheartened when they have not experienced such an event. These people tent to jump around from spiritual practice to spiritual practice, and when the current practice does not quickly give them what they are looking for, they quickly move to another practice.

While most people want a flashy spiritual experience, more often than not you will feel connected to God in more subtle ways. God exists in each one of us in the form of the divine spark of life, as well as in the world around us. The warm comforting feeling, or the subtle chill in your spine, that you get when you see something beautiful, hold a child, enjoy a beautiful day, or witness an act of love is “you” tapping into God’s love. Tapping into and appreciating these small “God moments” is how you can become connected to, and remain connected to, God.

Undertaking spiritual practices which really connect you with God is also important. It is important to remember that what works for someone else, may not work for you. If you feel that going to church, meditation, or studying scripture works for you, then continue doing what works for you, but don’t feel obligated to continue doing practices merely out of habit. If you feel the need to try a different spiritual practice, then by all means try something new, but don’t do so in the hopes of obtaining instantaneous enlightenment. Sometimes, it is helpful to simply live in the now and enjoy the small God moments to the fullest extent possible.

Practical Tip: As the name of this blog implies, it is important to live in the now. Instead of seeking out a flashy God experience, simply soak in the small God moments which surround each of us. When you feel the warm comforting feeling, or the gentle chill down your spine, while witnessing something beautiful, or an act of love, enjoy the moment and know that you just had a direct connection with God.

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  1. Randy Burleson
    April 12, 2011 at 2:19 PM


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