December 4, 2017

Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there;
if I make my bed in Sheol, you are there.
If I take the wings of the morning
and settle at the farthest limits of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me fast.
If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light around me become night’,
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is as bright as the day,
for darkness is as light to you. (Psalm 139:7-12)

This is my buddy, J. Today, for about 30 minutes of our after school ministry time, he stayed as close to me as he could. He sat on my lap. He tried to climb onto my shoulders. He pulled at my hair and played with my earrings before he finally settled on trying to figure out my Fitbit.

If I had to go help another child, he walked me over and sat on my lap as soon as I sat down. He walked me around the room when I just needed to stand up for a moment (maybe hoping he’d find something else to do in the meantime).

He was a tangible reminder of God’s Spirit. After all, J, “where can I flee from your presence?”

Today was a tough day for many reasons. I was grateful to have the opportunity to reflect on scripture that tells me about a persistent God who stays by my side no matter how rocky the road gets.