I had a surreal moment tonight.

I was playing basketball at the gym by myself, something I do often nowadays. It’s my recharge time. It’s my time to step away from the weight of my responsibilities.

Tonight was different though. I felt like I wasn’t alone. I actually felt like I was in a worship service. I felt Jesus.

It was as though He stepped into my world. Into what I was about. He came and He met me. I didn’t feel the weight of an agenda. I just felt like He wanted to watch.

I know this sounds weird… it felt weird. Like I said, I’ve experienced that feeling before, but it’s always in a setting where I am stepping into His world.

I’ve been listening to this song lately called Starlight. (Starlight on Spotify)

The bridge really got me tonight…

There’s no heart unseen
There’s no space between
You and I, You and I
You are closer than
The very oxygen
I’m breathing in
I breathe You in
You are God with us,
You are here with us,
Immanuel, Immanuel
You are infinite Your glory has no end
Jesus, Jesus

It’s as though Jesus was saying, “There’s no space between us”.

I tend to compartmentalize my time with Jesus. Church on Sundays, Worship music during my commute to work, and the occasional devotional time at home. These are all times that I intentionally disconnect from things in order to connect with Him.

Again, tonight was different.

I pictured my relationship with my oldest daughter, who is three years old. I love getting on her level and being about what she is about. It would be ridiculous if my expectation for her was to solely meet me where I was.

‘If you want to talk to Dada, come up to the office.’ That’s craziness. I come to her. I invade her world with my presence. Sure, she occasionally comes up to see Dada at work with her mom, but every day I come home and instantly dive into her world.

I build puzzles. I play LEGOs. (Praise Him for a daughter who loves LEGOs) I watch silly kids shows that I would never pick to watch on my own. The point is, I get in her space. I come do life with her at the stage of life she is at.

Tonight I was encouraged and reminded that God wants to do this with us.

Stop boxing God out of areas of your life by putting Him in a box of His own.

No Space Between.

Comments (4):

  1. Addison Legere

    July 19, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    Love those times. I like how you wrapped that into your children’s lives. It is great that your children get to grow up with a true feeling of what you just expressed, a living example of getting on their level. Great song!

    • jaymesdowner

      July 19, 2017 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks Addison!! Appreciate the kind words.

  2. Anice Ridley

    July 19, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Jaymes Downer you amaze me! This was so spot on. First thing i read this morn. and it is so true. When we don’t breathe Him into our world we don’t have much life!! Love it , love you.!

    • jaymesdowner

      July 19, 2017 at 5:13 pm

      Love ya!


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