Angela LaVallie is the Worship Logistics Program Director at Resurrection. She oversees preparing the Sanctuary for worship, supports Vibe worship and volunteers in the Student Center, provides oversight for Holy Communion at the Leawood campus, and assists with worship logistics at conferences.
During a worship time once, a small group and I were lead through a guided meditation exercise to help us to focus on just being with Jesus. We were asked to picture ourselves in a peaceful, comfortable space (for me, it was a porch swing looking out toward the Grand Canyon) with Jesus sitting next to us. We were to hold that vision of just being with Jesus for an extended time – maybe ten minutes. We were to choose a word representing what we needed from Jesus at that time (I chose sustainer), and any time our mind wandered, we were to use that word to bring us back to where we were sitting with Jesus.
This was a great exercise to learn to just be in the presence of Jesus. I have also used this practice a few times when I have felt nervous, anxious, or overwhelmed. It is easy to know with your head that Christ is with you, but it’s helpful for me to be able to picture him sitting there next to me – on a porch swing at the Grand Canyon, in the passenger seat of my car, in my room when I’m lying in bed worried about something late at night, wherever.
I haven’t had any major “rough waters” in my life, but I think knowing Christ is present with me in the little things will help me to believe he is there with when I need him in the big things.
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