Category Archive: happiness

Jan 11

The power of presence


This is my cat. She looks happy. She’s pretty much always happy when I’m around. She has this crazy habit of walking all over the house looking for me. She will go into each room and meow (loudly) and drive my family crazy. Once she finds me, its all ok. She will then either just sit on the floor or crawl up into my lap.

It’s odd that my cat teaches me so many lessons on life. But here is what I learned by this. My cat in this picture is obviously in a state of complete contentment. Why? Because I’m there.

There is this deep bond of love. No words are exchanged. There is nothing I have to do to prove my affection.  She is completely content by my presence.  

Let that sink in for a minute.

There is power in our presence. It can speak volumes over words, gifts, actions. There is power in just being. Being together.

How often do we speak or perform an action to prove that we love someone, but at the same time we really don’t give them our full attention? In this busy paced life where we are always on the run, its easy to go days not intentionally spending time with those we love. The greatest gift we can give our spouse, kids, loved ones is our presence. Simply just being there, giving them our full attention.

This is also true with our relationship with God.

We can talk about God, talk to God, we can even do a lot of stuff for God, but what God wants more than anything is just us. To simply be with us.

The greatest moments of contentment in my life are where I simply sit in the presence of God. No words exchanged. No music playing in the background. Not doing anything. Simply just being in His presence.

It’s those moments where I am completely content by His presence. I feel secure, cherished, loved.

How about you? When was the last time you were completely satisfied in God’s presence? What can you do this week to bless someone with the power of your presence?