Scripture: Genesis 3:8: “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.”

On our journey to Jesus how often do the we, like Adam and Eve, hide ourselves from the presence of the Lord God? It is when we ignore the poverty and suffering around us; when we have it our way instead of God’s way; when we pass judgment on someone else’s actions or behavior; when we give lip service and not real service to a call for help. It is when we do any of these things and a thousand other day-to-day things and do not recognize the presence of the Lord – it is then that we hide ourselves from His presence and delay our journey.

But when we step out of our comfort zone and truly become a servant, a helper or a guide to someone in need, regardless of their life or circumstances, then we will know as the hymn says:

“Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place;
I can feel his mighty power and his grace.
I can hear the brush of angels’ wings; I can see glory on each face;
surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.”

Danny Shelley