Saturday, December 06, 2008

The gift of His presence.

Nearness is relative for a lot of people. Before moving to Tanzania the United States seemed huge and to have family on various parts of the country seemed daunting. They seemed so far away.

Fast forward two years and after living on the other side of the planet, enduring terrible phone connections and a 7 or 8 hour time difference, being in the same country seems so very near! Many people will ask where my family is, and when I respond, "mom is in Indiana, dad in Florida and my brother is in Texas they get a sad look on their face and comment on how spread out we are. I often reply, "We are thrilled to be in the same country." It's all about perspective.

Sometimes, God seems so very far away doesn't He? He seems distant, like we have to navigate time zones just to speak to Him or hear His voice. These times are very difficult for me, as I am still navigating this road of Christianity and there are days, where let's face it, I need a reminder that God is there.

And it's on those days that I am reminded of the following Scriptures. And I am reminded, that the Creator of the Universe has given us the amazing gift of His nearness. He could have been like other god's of other religions, un-involved or dictator-like, but when you read the bible you see that He is very much the opposite. He is very near to His people. He cares for us like a father cares for his children. He desires to be near to us and reminds us of it when we need reminding.

Psalm 145:17-19
The Lord is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he ahs made. The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him' he hears their cry ands saves them.

Deuteronomy 4:7
What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?

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