December 17, 2016

Isaiah 43:1-2 ~ ESV
“But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name, you are mine.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; 
and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
when you walk through the fire you shall not be burned, and the flames shall not consume you.”

Recently I have been thinking a lot about this thought of “seeking God where we doubt He is”. I know I have heard it from my dad a few times, and some other people a few times. But, most recently it has seemed like a much more personal thing for me. Part of the excitement of beginning a relationship with Jesus is the fact that He is always with us no matter what. Sometimes, it can be pretty hard to remember.
I have lost so many things in just sixteen years. My phone, my phone charger, a bazillion and twenty-nine pens, you name it, I’ve probably lost it at some point. But, mostly I lose my phone, it’s like it just walks away and hides sometimes. After I check the obvious places: the dining room table, my backpack, the kitchen counters, and all my pockets. If I still haven’t found it, I start looking in the not-so-obvious places: in the piano bench, under my guitar, with my church stuff … on and on until I eventually find it, usually after calling it several times and charging through the house trying to follow the vibrating sound before it goes to voicemail.
That’s the way it works with God sometimes, when we can’t find Him in the obvious places, sometimes we have to look for Him where we don’t think He could be. When we go through hard times, it can be easy to look to heaven and try to see where God is. But more often than not, He isn’t there when we look because He is right beside us.
Emmanuel is such a great promise at Christmas time, because God really is with us, in everything. That’s one of the best parts of Christmas, He’s right here with us one hundred percent of the time.

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