Monday, January 24, 2005

To Remain or Not to Remain...?

I had the most interesting phone conversation with a friend of mine the other day. She had been to this site and had seen the post from a week ago when I was frustrated about how to 'remain in God'. She said something I hadn't thought about. She said 'That's impossible. God is everywhere'. We talked about it for a few more minutes and then hung up, but I couldn't stop thinking about what she'd said. Is God everywhere? Does he leave ever? Does he get mad at us and turn his back? I couldn't decide. Then I was listening to a message by Chuck Swindoll on Psalm 139, and I knew my friend had been exactly right. Read these verses and see what you think:

Psalm 139:7-12

"7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,

10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

11 If I say, Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,

12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you".

Holy crap. I was sitting there in my car listening to the radio broadcast as the guy was saying exactly what I'd been wondering about for days. I tell you, my mouth was hanging open. But my friend was right. God doesn't turn around the refuse to look at us if we tick him off. It even says if we run from him, he's there anyway. I'm seeing the Cheshire Cat here. ;) God is everywhere. He really is. I just live as though I'm on probation, I think. I'm always looking over my shoulder to see who approves or disapproves.

Anyway, that's all for today. I just kind of got my question answered and i wanted you to know.


Becky said...

...and for that I am very glad

I'm sorry that I only talked about me on the phone. I didn't even ask how you were feeling!

melissa said...

I started to feel miserable again yesterday. I cried out to God last night asking Him where He was and how to find Him. He just answered me here. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Hey jen, if I ever sign in, I'll be "knitter".

I'm not really commenting on your conversation w/jk, it's way beyond me to even try and think about, I'll just rememer "remain w/ God"

Just thinking of you and wanted to check this out, I am tired, but have to have everything ready for bookclub tomorrow - actually today. Before people get here I'm going to take photos of my clean house and post them on my own website for the world to see.

I got a call today from travel people wondering why I didn't show up for the presentation!!!