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Waiting for His Presence

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid.  Genesis 3:8

Photo courtesy of morguefile and GospelMessage. One of my best friends lives in Ohio. Karen loves to hike, climb rough trails, and just walk. Anything she can do to get outside and breathe fresh air pleases her. She doesn’t hesitate to walk, even in cold weather. Over the years of our friendship, she taught me to enjoy nature, but she knows to get another friend for the long hikes.

Walking is peaceful and refreshing. Depending on the pace one sets, it can be relaxing. When I visit Karen and Don’s home, she and I walk through the subdivision at our leisure or at a nearby park. We share our inner thoughts with one another as we stroll. No one else is around, so we can share our hearts fully and we’ve helped each other through serious life issues.

Adam and Eve must have loved to walk with God each evening. I’m sure they anticipated that time of day and the communion they’d have with the Creator. Perhaps they shared with their Father how they loved the landscape of the Garden of Eden. God may have called their attention to the great variety of plant life and flowers. Then, Adam and Eve most likely opened their hearts to their Father and received wisdom and guidance from Him.

Think of it. The maker and master of the Universe chose to leave His abode and come down to fellowship with His creation. They heard His footsteps along a path through the garden and the rustling leaves as He came near. Usually, they looked forward to His visit. When they chose to disobey, the shame in their heart caused them to break fellowship with the Lord. They hid.

You and I can walk and commune with God in the cool of the evening or early in the morning. Or we can sit in our favorite chair with a cup of cocoa or coffee as we read words from the book He inspired writers to pen.

Even if we’ve sinned, we can bow before Him and ask forgiveness. Don’t hide. He desires fellowship with us. Look for Him in the midst of your day. Listen carefully for His footsteps. Get to a quiet place so you can hear His gentle voice. Anticipate His coming. Then say, “Welcome, Lord.”

(Photo courtesy of morguefile and GospelMessage.)

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Phyllis Freeman

Phyllis Qualls Freeman is a freelance writer with twenty years’ experience and more than four hundred published devotions, magazine articles, and newspaper human-interest pieces. She lives near Chattanooga, Tennessee, and is published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Answered Prayers, and several anthologies. She writes devotions on assignment and enjoys mentoring new writers.


  1. Beautiful thoughts to start the day with, Phyllis! Thank you!