“Always Close”

Read: Psalm 84

This Psalm is such an encouragement during times in which we feel alone, lonely, or down.  It proclaims that God is always close by, that God’s presence lives in us and around us at all times.  If you feel alone be assured that God is always close by.

In his book “A Dreamer for the Kingdom,” Tony Compolo says that when he was a boy growing up in a congested and busy city, his mother arranged for a teenage girl who lived nearby to walk home with him at the end of the school day.  For this, she was paid a nickle a day.

But Tony rebelled in the second grade and told his mother that he could walk by himself from school and that she could give him a nickle a week instead of paying the girl a nickel each day.  He said, “I’ll be very careful and you can keep the other twenty cents each week.  We will both be better off.”

After a while Tony talked her into it.  For the next two years he walked himself back and forth to school for the eight blocks, being very careful to not talk to strangers or get distracted along the way.

Years later at a family gathering, he bragged about his independence and reminded everyone that he took care of himself as a little boy.  His mother laughed and added to his story by saying,

“Did you think you were really alone?  Every morning when you left for school, I left with you.  I walked behind you all the way to school.  When you got out of school I was there and followed you all the way home.  I kept myself hidden, but I was there.  I just wanted to be there for you in case you needed me.”

The presence of God in our lives is just like that.  Often unseen with the physical eye, but always close by and ready to lift us out of any struggle or challenge we are faced with.  If we call on him, he is there to save us.  You are never alone if you rely on the presence of God!

Make it personal: As you pray, ask God to make his presence known to you.  It can be a strength on good days, and it can be a life saver on the difficult days.  He will never leave you, or forsake you (Hebrews 13:5-6).

Have a great week,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church