There are so many people calling for our attention each and every day. Our days may perhaps begin with little ones calling for our help. It may end that way as well. Life is filled with work commitments and deadlines. Spouses are also wanting to share time with us. These days we are now living, schooling and working in the same space and we may not feel like we have anywhere that is our own and is designated for down time; alone time; God time. He too calls for us, not to drain us but to fill us.
I am so thankful that God time does not have to be confined to a physical space. Knowing that God is everywhere at all times is such an encouragement to me. Psalm 139 tells us that there is nowhere we can go that is apart from the presence of God. The Lord promises in Deuteronomy 31:6-8 that we do not need to be afraid because he goes before us and will never leave us. In these uncertain times, it brings me great comfort to know that God is one step ahead of me clearing the way, while at the same time with me, walking the way, as he shows me the way.
There is so much happening in our world and I know that we can easily get distracted from the one who should take first place.
I don’t want to miss seeing him ahead of me when the turns in the road come or the fog starts to make it difficult to see right in front of me. I can’t afford to lose sight of him when the winds blow so hard that I lose my footing or the rains pour down not only obstructing my view but making puddles that are too deep to wade through on my own. I want to make sure that my eyes are on the one who is before me so that I do not lose my way.
There is so much happening in our world and I know that we can easily get distracted from the one who should take first place. When we don’t make God first place, we end up in last place. We end up frustrated and overwhelmed. We end up tired and worn out. We end up lost. We end up angry and in unnecessary pain. We end up in personal conflict bringing confusion instead of experiencing contentment.
God knows what it is that we will encounter in each day that he gives us. He has created time and given it to us. He does not slumber or sleep and is fully aware of everything Psalm 121:3-4. God’s gaze is always on us. Shouldn’t we go to him and ask him for what is needed to navigate the day? When we start with Jesus we start in the right direction. Proverbs 3:5-6 admonishes us to trust him, to acknowledge him and in return he will make our paths straight. His word is a lamp unto our feet and light to our path – Psalm 119:105. When we start with Jesus we not only have time but he gives us the right attitude to be in any physical space with all those around us. It is by remaining in the vine as John 15:5 states that we will bear fruit and the fruits of the spirit can be evident in our lives.
It is so critical to our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing that we don’t confine God to a space and place in time or location. Understanding that he has his eyes fixed on us let us fix our eyes on the one who will help us write a story of victory in these very strange times. He is the author and finisher of our faith Hebrews 12:2. He is everywhere and we can connect with him anywhere and anytime. In this season where I just want space, I am so thankful that God is in my space; that I can reach out to him and he is readily available. I am so thankful that I can be intentional about building intimacy with God and that there are no boundaries and lines that define how or when. God is not contained in a box. He is present in this very intwined season that is a mix of profound joy and pain. In the confusion of isolation, we are not alone. He is very close and very present. He comes with hope and joy and we do experience it by counting our blessings and noticing the presents that come with his presence.
His presence is the greatest gift that we can give ourselves. He is the one who gives us the gift of a new day filled with mercies and compassion Lamentations 3: 22-23. This gift should draw us into setting our gaze on him from the beginning of the day to the end of the day. No matter where we are and as many times as we need to, all day. All we have to do is look up. Although we do not know what each day holds, we know who holds our future. Our times are in his hands. Psalm 31:15. We know that we can always look to him who sees all that we see and all we don’t see and say “we don’t know what to do but our eyes are on you” 2 Chronicles 20:12. Don’t take your eyes off him. He sees you! You have his attention. Does he have yours?