Thursday, March 26 – Where…Anywhere/Everywhere

Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your 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

I have always felt that there is power in prayer, but was never very good about initiating my own conversations with God. Until about a year ago. The loss of my beloved son in a car accident set off a grief process, and helped me to reflect on my relationship with God.

My first realization was that God is truly everywhere, and is with us at all times. He is always glad to listen to me, and even sends signs and sometimes miracles (they do happen, if you watch for them carefully).

He is of course present when we are in church, worshiping together—a perfect time to offer our thanks and praises. When we go outside those walls, it is certainly God’s desire for us to continue seeking his guidance, and to accept the abundant blessings He shares so graciously.

God is present in our darkest of times, and even sends signs to comfort. I am reminded of this each time I am visited by a blue jay. I believe it is his way to tell me my son is not gone, but is waiting for me just around the corner. He truly cares about our sorrows!

God is present when we are afraid or apprehensive about changes. He was there on day one of my new job, when I delivered the lecture to my first-ever class of undergraduate chemistry students.

God is also present in times of joy. How wonderful it felt to hold a new baby born into my brother’s family this past Christmas!

God may not answer all prayers the way we want, but just knowing that He is listening can give great comfort and Hope as we deal with this broken world. Hope is a powerful weapon that can conquer fear, anxiety, helplessness and even the sadness of losing a loved one. God is waiting to hear our prayers!

Always know that God is present in every part of your life (Jesus said, “And remember, I am with you always, until the end of the age”). And never let go of Hope, as it helps you walk in the light, rather than darkness! Be grateful for these awesome gifts! They are given lovingly by God, whether you are celebrating good times or need comfort during times of trial.

By Bob Follensbee
Congregation Member