"There are three specific moments in my day-to-day life where I feel the closest to God. The euphoria catalyzed by the adrenaline pumping in my body when I run puts me in a space where barriers are broken and I'm able to safely enjoy the presence of God. The other moment where I feel God's presence the most is when I go through my daily morning ritual of brewing a cup of pure grade black Ceylon tea and enjoying it with my Bible and pen. The warm elixir, the salt-infused morning sea breeze, and the smell of pen on paper does something to bring me closer to Him.
But perhaps the closest moment when I feel God's presence around me is through the channel of pain. I've come to understand that tears can, concurrently, be a whelming torrent of emotions and a gentle stream ushering in God's refreshing mercies. In these moments, praise has been a boat in my ocean of pain, carrying Him who's able to dock in my soul's harbor to minister to me."