by Dina Sleiman
For in him we live and move and have our being...Acts 17:28
Today I would like to talk briefly about developing a God consciousness. I don't mean a God conscience, where we feel guilty if we do something wrong. I think we hear quite enough about that in Christianity. And I don't mean the sort of God consciousness where you are constantly looking over your shoulder worried that you've done something to make God mad at you, and he's about to strike you with lightning. In fact, when we spend all of our time focusing on our own mistakes, we're actually being self-conscious.
I mean the sort of God consciousness where you are aware of God all around you. God's presence in the very air you breathe, in the sunshine, the rolling clouds, the birdsong, the laugh of a child, the eyes of a homeless man. I mean when you are totally in love with God and are overwhelmed by how in love he is with you. I mean when you have full confidence that Christ has reconciled you to God, and you have no reason to hide from him. I mean when God permeates every aspect of your life.
A band named Flyleaf has an amazing song on this topic called "All Around Me." Two years ago I choreographed a worship dance to it. Enjoy this piece performed by three teens from my church, including my daughter Christiana in the gold dress.
How do you best sense God's presence? When are you most aware of him all around you? What helps you to experience the reality of God in your life?