Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Away Isn't Always So Far Away (Part 1)

On a recent stay at a Sheraton Hotel in Los Angeles I read the following on a card placed by the phone:
“Away isn’t
always so
far away.”

The implication: telephones reduce the distance between friends and family. With the advent of cell phones, don’t we know that, “away isn’t always so far away?”

Check out Psalm 63!

Hiding in the desert, away from the threats of Saul, David longed for the close presence of God. In fact, so intense was his desire that his body ached for God. In this context David writes about his relationship with God, “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.” (Psalm 63:7–8)

Away from home, away from those he knows, away from those with whom he worships, David longs for the presence of God. When he stops to think about his circumstances, he realizes with God, time and geographical distance is not an issue. “Away isn’t always so far away.” He is there even in the night watches (v. 6).

The old saying, “out of sight, out of mind,” is not the way of God toward those who call Him, “Lord.”

He promises he “will never leave us or forsake us!” (Joshua 1:5)

No matter what we feel, or can’t see, He is there! He is always on the line.

With God, “Away isn’t always so far away.”