My family and I enjoyed a relaxing and wonderful trip to the beach last week. Throughout the trip there were some things that stood out to me to pay attention to and learn from, so I pray that the relay of these tidbits blesses you...
"Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your Presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there. If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me."
There were a couple of instances in which I stole away some time to walk the beach and to chill at the pool before my husband and kids were stirring. (Finding alone time with the Lord is crucial - even on vacation.) What truly warmed my heart was that even as other people whom I didn't know were beginning to "invade" the pool time and make their own footprints in the sand along with me, the Lord allowed me to feel as if it were just me and Him. Like there was a beautiful, invisible bubble He was holding me inside to keep me close to Him.
It is encouraging to know that it isn't the safety of a routine that keeps us in His will and His Presence. As I spoke with a friend yesterday, she was sharing of the moving of the Lord during Wednesday night Bible study last week. Of course, a holy jealousy stirred in me, but I felt so much joy in saying that He was there with me, too. He isn't limited by our location. But do we truly invite Him into every nook and cranny of our existence?
It doesn't take going to a church service to be near the Lord. It doesn't take walking a beautiful beach and listening to the waves crash to find yourself in awe of His majesty. I pray that I can find myself in my office at work enjoying the Presence of the Almighty God. He is there. I can be alone with Him even when surrounded by an onslaught of people at the grocery store. He is there.
I urge you to draw near to Him today. Your location should not determine your praise, but your praise can determine the atmosphere of your location. Wherever you find yourself today - find Him.
Father, thank You that no matter where I am, I can say "You are here." I love You so much, and I am so thankful for Your ever-nearness to me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Psalm 139:7-10, James 4:8