My children and grandchildren have grown up. My relationship with them has changed. I no longer have even an imagined control over their decisions or actions. I sit on the sidelines of their lives and watch and pray. Sometimes, I glow with pride and sometimes, I cry with them in their disappointments. Always I love them. In fact, I have said to all of them, “No matter what you do, or say or think, you cannot get rid of me and my love. In the words of Robert Munsch, “I will love you forever.”
Our relationship with our Creator God is even stronger and more infinite than the parental relationship. No matter what we do or think or say, God is with us, loving us, forgiving us, cheering and crying. God doesn’t sit on the sidelines. God lives within us. God doesn’t just hope and pray, God constantly offers strength, wisdom, guidance and forgiveness. Whether we know it or acknowledge it, God’s presence is within us.
In Psalm 139, the writer describes this wonderful relationship we live with God.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
I have quoted only a portion of this inspiring scripture passage. Psalm 139 offers us reassurance and confidence in God’s presence within us. We are not alone. No matter what we do, say or think, we are loved. We can trust in God’s love. God is not way up high looking down, leaving us to sink or swim. God walks with us, surrounding us and offering to fill us to overflowing with God’s love. Even when we have no faith God is with us. This knowledge is wonderful beyond our comprehension. We are not asked to understand it, just to accept it.
Begin each day with a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s presence with you. Take just a few moments to acknowledge your companion on life’s journey. Let God’s peace settle on your heart. Such a prayer will make a difference in your life and the life of those you love.