What I really needed, I wrote to the small circle of my closest friends, was an evening with all of us together, laughing. I wanted to laugh until I cried, giggle until my sides hurt.
So we did that. Via email! Sounds impossible, and yes, it’s not quite as satisfying as having one another’s physical presence, but — one friend was forty miles away, one in Arizona, one in Florida. Email was our only option. It worked for me. We did laugh heartily that night.
The riches of relationship! My friends were “present” with me, even though we’re scattered across the country. Their presence made my evening.
The presence of God in every moment of our lives is surely the greatest of the riches Christ brought to us when He came to give us an abundant life. Because of Christ, we can enter into a relationship with God that, as the psalmist says in Psalm 139, is so wonderful that we cannot fully understand or describe it.
He knew us before we were even conceived. Before we uttered our first cry, He was in every day and moment of our lives. No matter what roads we go down, he travels with us. His love surrounds us always.
You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
He goes before and after us; we are surrounded by His presence and His love!
If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
He guides and supports and strengthens us every step of our way. This is the wellspring of our very lives, children of God!
What a life we’ve been given — a life where God’s presence is with us in every moment. This morning, for the first time, I begin to glimpse what Jesus meant when He talked about what was most important in life:
“Life is not measured by how much you own … a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”
Oh! How often we ignore the riches we’ve been offered as children of God! How foolish of us! How often we forget that He is with us every moment, that He surrounds us with love and care.
My inheritance as a child of God is a rich relationship with Him. What a gift to be received and enjoyed, knowing that no matter what path I walk down, He is there with me.
For you have rescued me from death;
you have kept my feet from slipping.
So now I can walk in your presence, O God,
in your life-giving light.
Father, Jesus, Spirit, I want to live in the richness, walking always in awareness of Your life-giving presence.
Scripture: Psalm 139:5,9-10; Luke 12:15,21; Psalm 56:13 (all NLT)