He told his disciples, "I have been given all authority in heaven and earth. Therefore go and make disciples in all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and then teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you; and be sure of this - that I am with you always, even to the end of the world." Matthew 28:18-20 (TLB)
Bob Peterson lives in Texas. He was driving their church shuttle bus, taking some of their members on a trip to Houston. When they travel, they have a backup SUV following them in case of a bus problem or a passenger emergency. As usual they made a stop at a restaurant along the way.
As they were leaving, Bob wanted to be sure the SUV was behind them. However, he couldn't se it in his side-view mirrors, and the bus had no rear-view mirror. Bob thought maybe the driver had not started yet or had gone on ahead of him. He circled around the restaurant twice looking for the SUV, but it was nowhere to be seen. Finally, he called the driver and asked, "Where are you?" He answered, "I'm right behind you, and I'm wondering why we keep circling the restaurant!" He was right there with Bob all the time!
Even though Bob cannot see God, he trusts God's promises. His trust is strengthened by remembering the many times He has seen God's grace at work in his life. Sometimes God's presence is apparent only in looking back on his life, so he finds it helpful to remember the ways God has helped him in the past. Even though it is sometimes difficult to feel God's presence, God promises to be with us always.
Prayer: Ever-present God, thank you for your promise always to be with us. During hard times, help us to remember your faithfulness to us, in Jesus' name, amen.
This is my body broken for you. Do this in remembrance of me.