As I look upon brilliant sunsets and magnificent blue hues in the ocean, it is easy to think of many places where God the Father could choose to live. However, in this world of immense beauty and surreal scenery, where exactly do I find God?
One evening during our time in Windale, Australia, our team was invited to take part in a dinner. As we entered the household, one of the young girls, whom we first met during a ministry time at the park, made her way through the crowded room and found me. As the evening and conversations carried on, we eventually found ourselves sitting outside observing the beautiful sunset. While sitting in the doorway of the house, the young girl turned to me and asked, “Is that where God lives?”, her small hand pointing to the evening sky. I took a moment to admire the Lord’s creation and my heart was filled with joy at her question. Looking into her wonder-filled eyes, I shared that God the Father, who created the heavens and the earth, can live within her heart. I shared that not only was God found in the beauty of his creation, but that he is also found within those that believe and follow him.
As we were driving home that evening, this young girl spotted the Bibles that were in the van. She picked one up and asked me what the book was, I shared that the book was the Word of God. Without any further questions, she politely asked if she could take two home so that her and her grandparents could have them.
The theme of our January DTS has been the Bible verse Luke 17:21 – “You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.”
In this verse the writer shares that the kingdom of God is among and within us. God the Father isn’t distant, sitting on a big, fluffy cloud in the middle of the sky. His presence can be within us, the fullness of his power and love can be in our hearts. Knowing this not only changes the way I live my day to day life, but it helps me understand that I am God’s masterpiece who has been chosen to do good work in the world around me.
by Kayla Adam
Summer Classic DTS student