Lovers of His Presence

Everything in our world is constantly changing.  Whether it’s the end of another semester, the beginning of a new job, the warmth of summer, the start of a new relationship, the conclusion of school, the move across the country, the death of a loved one, or the birth of a child, everything is in flux.

In this metamorphosing world, we grasp for anything that is steady.  Even when the things changing are good things, we are still left clutching at the appearing and disappearing.  We stagger and stumble trying to grasp stability, but in the searching we often end up even more impoverished.

A few days ago, a speaker in chapel told a story.  He was out for dinner with his family, and his three-year-old daughter was sitting next to him.  At some point while they were eating, she grasped her daddy’s hand and slipped hers inside.  He looked down at her, thinking she must be sleepy, or even upset.  He was surprised to see her still eating and chatting with her older brother – just going about her business while holding his hand.

The love between this father and daughter beautifully resembles the love between God and His children.  To find constancy in life, we must grip the Father’s perpetual presence as we walk through the change.  God alone is constant – His presence is ceaseless.  So, let’s be lovers of His presence!  Let’s hold on and never let go.  All the shiftings of our world pale in comparison to the eternity of God.