I've always been fascinated with God calling himself "I AM." What a remarkable coupling of words! To imagine God whispering this to Moses, and Jesus declaring it boldly in John 8:58: "Before Abraham was even born, I AM!"
A deep part of me clings to the reality of I AM. But daily demands often suffocate my desire for him. That's why it's important to discover just how we can make I AM personal in our lives:
Challenge #1: Resolve
Adele Ahlberg Calhoun teaches that the Hebrew meaning of I AM is "I was, I am, and I will be." Now is a wonderful time to reflect on God's presence in your life, from birth to death.
• Imagine your heart as a courtyard with several doors leading to separate rooms in your soul.
One door is labeled "Past." When was I AM present in your past? Thank him for being there. One door is labeled "Today." Where is God present today? Thank him for being here with you now. Imagine the last door is labeled "Future." As you imagine what will be, are you willing to let I AM, who is beyond time, be present in your future?
Meditate on this visual image, taking the opportunity to unlock every door of your heart to I AM's presence. As you explore your inner courtyard, what doors do you want to keep closed? Where are you blocking his presence? Where would you like to experience more of him? Think of these questions as building blocks to a year of celebrating I AM in every corner of your soul.1