What kinds of things give you goosebumps? An unexpected cool breeze, an urgent sense of fear, the flag passing by in a July 4th parade, the thrill of your team winning the championship…what is it that can give you a shiver and goosebumps?
Several years ago I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about “God-moments.” She knew some people described God’s spirit moving in them…a God-moment…as an experience that gave them goosebumps. My friend was skeptical; not only of this description, but of the whole possibility of having a real felt experience of God’s presence. “I get goosebumps for all kinds of reasons,” she said, “But none of them have anything to do with God. How do you know it isn’t just some human emotion causing that chill in you?”
I remember thinking a bit and finally saying that she could be right. There may very well be times that people wrongly interpret that “goosebump” moment as a “God moment.” But on the other hand, our bodies have certain physical limitations. There were probably times when goosebumps were the only way our bodies knew to react to the felt presence of the Holy Spirit.
All that to say this, along with John Wesley, I believe experiencing God’s living presence and power is a very real possibility!” We can have a felt, inner sense of God’s presence…an experience that assures us we are in a right relationship with God. How you and I may experience that and respond can be very different. But it is still a very real possibility. Click here to listen to more (May 17 sermon).
“When we cry ‘Abba,’ ‘Father,’ it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God.” Amen.
Your partner on the journey,