After returning from a trip up to Northwestern Pennsylvania this week, I've seemingly become even more fascinated with the supernatural. Of course this has not been instantaneous, but rather a result from numerous personal moments in prayer and worship over the last few months. I've felt the presence of angels, physical touches from God Himself, visions of places and situations that are truly not of this world.
On our last day of traveling, my wife and I decided to stop off at Moravian Falls, North Carolina and pray for a while. For those that aren't familiar, this place was once home to a people known as Moravians that held 24–hour prayer vigils for over 100 years on this area of land. History accounts that they experienced open windows to the heavens there as they openly invited the Lord's presence around the clock. Numerous modern day prophets and lay people alike have also experienced "open heavens" and angelic visitations while there. Needless to say, we were interested to check it out. We had a hard time finding the place and then when we did finally arrive there, we were a bit disappointed at what we found. An old, run down campground, signs saying "registered guests only" around what we assumed to be the falls and an all–around "nothing what we expected" mentality is all that we found upon our arrival. I went in to the campground office and got "permission" to go over and around the falls. We then proceeded to walk over to the general vicinity and then just stood there, really. I thought to myself, "Lord, is this it? Is this where so many people have experienced Your overwhelming presence and indescribable heavenly activity?". We thought that we must be in the wrong place because this surely couldn’t be right. After walking around for a bit and knowing that we still had several hours to drive to get home, we returned to our car and continued on our way – mildly discouraged.
So did we see angels? No. Did I see visions of heaven like I'd never even imagined? No. Were heavenly creatures visibly walking the earth there? No. Is God limited to one geographical area or fraction of time? Of course not. He is here. I'd be lying if I said that I didn't have eager hopes of experiencing an "on earth as it is in heaven" type experience while there, but I know this – we didn't leave God there. His supernatural presence has no limits, no boundaries. The way I see it, wouldn't it be better for Him to create an open heaven here at my home rather than somewhere that I'd have to drive to anyway? (Smile)
God may not "show up" where you think He should. God may not be a part of what you want Him to be a part of. Who are we to dictate where God reveals Himself and where He moves? Seek Him where you are. Invite His awesome presence down right where you are – that's what I intend to do.
Great Random Quote: If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the Church today, ninety percent of the church would go right on as though nothing had happened.