There has been an “unsettling” that I’ve felt in the atmosphere as the coronavirus continues to make top media headlines across the world. For me, the best way that I can shut out the noise of the world is to invite the truth of Jesus into my mind. He is what centers me and He is the truth I am clinging to in this hour.
The other day the sun was finally shining again in Redding so I was able to do my time of meditation outside in the garden. I was meditating on scripture and soaking in the good news of Jesus. As I was reading scripture, I felt the physical presence of Jesus on my right side and I heard him say, “I am always with you.” I had goosebumps on the right side of my body and I knew that I had experienced the physical presence of Jesus!
A few hours later I went on a walk with my girlfriend and as we were walking I shared with her the encounter I had had with Jesus earlier in the morning. She began to listen intently and then excitedly said, “There is gold dust on the right side of your neck!”. She couldn’t believe her eyes and quickly turned my neck to the other side to examine if the left side of my neck had an appearance of gold dust! There wasn’t any on the left side of my neck.
Gold dust had appeared on the right side of my neck, the same side where Jesus met me in the encounter a few hours earlier! This encounter reminded me that He is always with me and that He is physically present even in the midst of the “storms” of life that seem to be raging on. He is more present and more real than we could ever imagine!