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Blog-Pastor-Dave (Page 38)

Brother Lawrence said that “he expected great physical or mental suffering to occur, and that his greatest trial would be to lose the perceptible awareness of God he had experienced for so long. But God’s goodness assured him he would never abandon him, and would give him the strength to endure whatever evil he would permit to happen to him. With that assurance he feared nothing.” Brother Lawrence expected stress and suffering in life. Indeed, God’s Word has repeatedly told us

Brother Lawrence said that “he was more closely united with God during his ordinary activities than when he put them aside to do his retreat exercises, which generally left him in great aridity.” Brother Lawrence so lived in God’s presence all the time that participating in some expected Christian practices didn’t make any real difference to him. He found God just as real in his ordinary tasks as he did in those Christian activities. In fact, compared with loving God in his

Brother Lawrence said that “when his duties distracted him somewhat from thinking about God, God impressed a remembrance of himself on his soul, giving him so intense an awareness of God, warming and inflaming him so strongly, that he cried out and made exaggerated gestures, singing and jumping about like a fool.” When God moved upon Brother Lawrence, he celebrated those moments exuberantly. To others he appeared foolish. What others see, however, can be quite different than what’s really going on inside

Brother Lawrence said that “when he had some matter to take care of, he never thought about it in advance, but within the necessary time period he found in God, as in a clear mirror, what he needed at the moment. For some time now he acted in this manner with no apprehension, although before he had this experience of God’s prompt help he worried about everything.” Brother Lawrence used to be a worrier. Yet by living in God’s presence, he

Brother Lawrence “reached the point where his thoughts were exclusively of God. In his struggle against temptation, he could sense the temptation from the first moment. His experience of God’s prompt help was such, however, that he sometimes allowed the temptations to advance, but at just the right moment he called upon God, and they vanished completely.” Brother Lawrence grew spiritually and lived in God’s presence constantly. For him God was never more than a thought or prayer away. He lived