I’m entering a new stage of motherhood in life: my youngest child is now almost 7 years old. I can actually sit in my house without worrying about diapers, baby food and exposed electrical outlets. As I contemplate over that past 11 years of being a mother, there are some incidences that make me laugh.
Once such incident happened when my daughter was only about 12 months old. I brought all three kids into the postal store—a feat that caused stress every time. My boys were then about 5 and 3 years old, so taking them to a store with fragile items placed low to the ground had my eyes alert and my body ready to react.
After I finished mailing my item, I gathered up my boys. Thankfully, nothing had been moved or broken. I looked around for my daughter—who had recently learned to walk—but I couldn’t find her. I called out her name and began to frantically look around the rows of cards, stationary and other knickknacks, but I did not see her.
My heart began to race. Either she walked outside or someone stole her! I told my boys to come with me. We needed to rush outside to find her. Just when I was about to sprint for the door, my oldest son yelled out, “Mom! I see her!”
“Where is she?” I screamed.
He pointed at me and said, “She’s in your arms!”
I looked down and, sure enough, she was right there—on my right hip, tucked securely in the embrace of my right arm. I had gotten so used to the presence of kids in my arms that I no longer noticed their weight. The people in the store watched the entire scene unfold, and they couldn’t help but laugh. I laughed too—after my heart rate when back down to normal.
Sometimes we get so used to the presence of God in our lives that we forget He is there. But He says in His Word that He will always be with us, and He will never forsake us. Jesus took our sins, so God’s presence could be with us always. If we don’t feel God there, maybe we have just grown accustomed to His hand. Maybe we just need someone to point out and say, “He’s right there!”
Today, let us take a deeper look at where we see God’s hand moving in our lives. He is all around us, providing for us and guiding our steps. We never have to worry about Him leaving us because Jesus reconciled us back to God by His sacrifice on the cross. The Holy Spirit in our lives is proof that Jesus took our sins, so God’s presence would be in our lives forever. We just have to trust that He is there.
Questions: How can you take a better look at your situation to see God’s constant presence in your life?
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV).
~ The article was first published for the Internet Cafe!