Never Out Of Sight
Never Out of Sight
Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.
All it would take is a fall off the monkey bars or a bee buzzing around my head to bring me back. My eyes would dart around the playground, frantically searching for my mother. The world had shaken me, but I knew if she was there, I would feel safe again.
Little did I know she had never taken her eyes off me. She knew exactly where I was the whole time. She had seen me fall or seen me nervously try to avoid that buzzing bee. Even when I was so occupied with playing that I forgot about her presence on the playground, she had never forgotten me.
This is similar to my experience with God’s presence in my life. I can become so preoccupied with my circumstances that it’s easy to forget God is with me. Too often, it’s only when I am shaken by the world that I desperately search for the safety of God’s presence. appreciated.
Dear God, You never leave me or forsake me. Even when I cannot sense your presence, You are with me. Comfort me with your perfect peace. Increase my knowledge and awareness of your presence. As the knowledge of your presence increases, may it fill me with strength and courage for the week ahead.
When Israel left Egypt for the Promised Land, Moses was constantly reminding them of God’s presence among them. He would say things like the exhortation in the verse above.
Like Israel, I’m not always aware of God’s presence in my life. It’s easy to become absorbed in what I’m doing or what’s happening around me. It can feel as if God isn’t around. Yet, like a watchful mother on the playground, He is always there. We are never out of His sight.
When we go to God in prayer, it’s tempting to think we are inviting God into our space. Yet, God never leaves us in the first place. Instead, prayer expands our awareness of our God who is always present, even if we lose sight of Him from time to time.
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