Always Near

Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from you presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there; if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there. If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10 (NRSV)

When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 1 Corinthians 13:11 (NRSV)

Psychologist Jean Piaget carried out psychological experiments in which he observed that very young babies (under six months old) would be clearly interested in a toy placed a few yards in front of them until Piaget placed a blanket over the toy. Then, the infants showed no further interest, assuming that the toy was no longer there.

Sometimes we are like those infants. We focus clearly on the Lord while in church, when at prayer, while reading the Bible, and when meditating. But when such activities cease, our focus on the Lord is often directed to other affairs.

We are not alone in concluding that God has stepped out of our lives. Jonah thought that by taking a ship going in the opposite direction to Nineveh, God would no longer be in control of his life. (See Jonah 1:1-10) However, this proved not to be true, and in the fullness of time, Jonah did indeed came face-to-face with God once again.

God is still there for us, still interested in us though we have temporarily lost interest in God. God is always with us. (Bill Findlay, Scotland)

Prayer: Dear God, help us to feel close to you not only during worship and prayer but at all times, in Jesus' name, amen.

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