God Spaces

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Last night Jennifer and I had the privilege of taking this stage in the mountain-ensconced city of Martigny. Christians from all over the region gathered together for their monthly night of worship, and we were so honored to serve them with our team. Jennifer in particular had some powerful things to share with the people and was used mightily in song.

One thing that impressed me was the Swiss team’s ability to transform an ordinary hotel ballroom into a house of worship. They worked tirelessly, imported a truck-load of gear, and managed to create an atmosphere where not only did people feel welcome, but the Lord did too.

Creating God-spaces in our lives is extremely important. They help facilitate moments of encounter and inspire long-term memories. Whether it’s a prayer closet, a stage, a forest-nook, or a church sanctuary, creating a physical space where people can connect with the Holy Spirit is not only something I’m passionate about forming, but God is too.

Of course His greatest space is that of the human heart. He’s very intentional about turning it from a dark, cold rock into a warm and inviting home. But he was just as passionate about prescribing specific instructions to builders of the Tent of Meeting – the Tabernacle – and the Temple.

What’s your role in preparing God-spaces? Being intentional with your preparations is not only good for you, but benefits those who are effected by your service. Minimizing distractions helps eliminate disappointments. ch:

  • Billy Jepma

    I really like this analogy Christopher, its defiantly something I’ll be thinking about. How can I make my heart, my home, basically my whole life a welcoming place for God, believers, and unbelievers to be a part of. Great stuff, thanks for sharing, 🙂

  • Excellent post, C. “Of course His greatest space is that of the human heart. He’s very intentional about turning it from a dark, cold rock into a warm and inviting home. But he was just as passionate about prescribing specific instructions to builders of the Tent of Meeting – the Tabernacle – and the Temple.” Really appreciate the balance you’ve brought out between his omnipresence/dwelling in the heart by faith and Holy Spirit with the fact that God is into geography. We all have those “Bethels” where He’s especially near and we hear Him clearly and often. For me, it helps to be away from distractions and usually outside. Even being in a room filled with good books tends to distract. So nature and regularity with minimal tech distractions is very helpful.

    It would be interesting to hear of your God spots (as my wife and I call them) in Europe, as you’ve been over there quite a bit over the years. I know Francis Schaeffer had a monumental encounter with God in the hay mount of a barn in Huemoz, Switzerland. Food for thought. Thanks for posting!

    • I’m less than an hour from Schaeffer’s world. Pretty cool. And many of the people I frequent here knew him personally. Amazing.

      I find tremendous moments with the Lord in the woods. Perhaps because I was raised amongst the trees. I feel taken to another world when I’m in the forests of northern France and Western Switzerland.

      I tend to pray well in formal church sanctuaries, but without the people. Something about being in an empty hall, just me and God – the residue of what was and the expectation of what will be.

      Thanks for what you shared, too. I know you frequent long walks with your trusty walking stick up into the fields. Awesome. I think God has as much love for our hearts as he does for the earth he formed – both entities formed from the same stuff. A place without a person is just as meaningless as a person without a place.

  • gabe

    great post. a great reminder 🙂

  • I’m with you C. I too prefer empty cathedrals and sacred places for some reason. God seems to be near for me in them. The night walks are less distracting for me–silhouettes, moonshadows and the chance to count the stars like Abraham. Plus a little chance to be brave, out with the coyotes and bobcats. (Kath thinks I’m crazy.) Very cool to be near those who knew and loved Schaeffer. A great light.

    Will be praying for a safe and prosperous journey for the rest of the trip for you, JLH and Levi. Carpe diem!

    • “Plus a little chance to be brave, out with the coyotes and bobcats. (Kath thinks I’m crazy).”

      It’s a guy thing.