Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Where is God?

Today I read Psalm 13:
13 How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? 2How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
3 Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, 4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,” lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Crossway Bibles (2011-02-09). The Holy Bible, English Standard Version (with Cross-References) (Kindle Locations 94080-94109). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition. 

Scary thought -- what if God ignores me as often and as long as I have ignored Him? Praise God He is merciful and loving regardless of how shallow or selfish I am. God, help me seek you with as much diligence and love as you seek me.

Sometimes I acknowledge God in the beauty I see around me -- a field full of dandelions and wild purple 'weeds' can be amazingly beautiful, sunlight sparkling an ice-covered tree, the bright eyes of a newborn, the wrinkled smile of one of his saints. And often I wonder what he was thinking when I look at the tragedies of this world -- deadly tornadoes that wipe away homes and families in an instant, devastating disease and hunger,  and the evil things around us every day.

He wants me to turn to him during those times, but he also wants me to realize that he is here, every day and in every situation. In my waking and my sleeping, my eating and my breathing, my ability to see, hear, feel, and pray. I want to be aware and thankful all the time -- Paul tells us to pray constantly to be in touch with God in every action. I want that type of relationship. God, help me want that type of relationship more!

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