Right now I am sitting by our crackling fire with the seasoned red oak giving off blue flame warmth. Started my day with hot chocolate and watching frost cover the ground like snow in the 32 degree temperature outside. Yes, we definitely don’t live in Florida anymore!
I continue to get lost, but at least I’m finding some places a little easier. Have found a few healthcare people, all of them an hour away with the drive through gorgeous rolling hills, and horses grazing in neatly fenced fields as I head down the winding roads.
Another adjustment has been a house with several levels. We had this when we lived in Chicago too. The funniest part is that Phil and I have to call each other to ‘find’ the other one since some of the back rooms you really can’t tell if someone is up there unless you GO upstairs. Sometimes our daughter and grandkids, who live downstairs, will come up and we don’t even know they are there if we’re in the back room upstairs.. they have to call and call until we finally realize they are present. We are there…but ‘invisible’ 🙂
Do you ever feel this way about God? .. that you know He’s there, but just ‘not visible?’ I do. I can see Him in all sorts of ways if I look.. but I have to be looking .. and listening.
I read this thought today from one of my devotionals on the You Version Bible on my phone..it’s called ‘Active Word devotional”, written by a pastor Bob Coy who founded Calvary Chapel of Ft. Lauderdale. I loved the analogy and thought of how I experience this physically in my house when I’m ‘upstairs’..and yet I am not as available as God is! I hope you find this as encouraging as I did.
He referred to Psalm 61:2 From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety.”
“God was not localized or confined to any particular place. He was everywhere at once…universally available and accessible.
We tend to take universal accessibility for granted these days. It’s a tenant of our faith that’s been grandfathered into our theology. God is everywhere all at once. But stop a moment to appreciate it. You don’t have to make a pilgrimage to a particular place to pray. You’re not limited to living in a certain state, country, continent, or even hemisphere! No matter where you’re at on this planet, God is always within range.
Unlimited access. Universal availability. What an unfathomable blessing we’ve been given! To think that there’s not a single spot we can be in, not an inch on earth, where God can’t hear our hearts with perfect clarity. In life, there are many sacrifices we’re forced to make, but we’ll never be forced to sacrifice our communication with God for our location in this world.
Creator of the ends of the earth…thank you for being everywhere and for hearing our hearts from anywhere.
Unlimited access. Universal availability
No matter where you’re at on this planet, God is always within range. God’s answer to “Can you hear me now?” is always a resounding, “Yes!”