I look around, eyes wide open, and discover You are here.
Not where I expected You to be. Not over there where I thought You should be.
Here. Close. So close we share our breath.
You in Your awesome power and me wrapped up in all my smallness.
Even with eyes open it’s hard for me to see You here. I know You’re here because You have promised to be.
Sometimes I don’t feel it, but I feel the unmistakable peace of knowing.
The unshakable peace that comes only from You.
I love having You here. Beside me. Within me. Me within You.
The journey is long, but because You are with me I know I can make it from here to there.
I turn my face defiantly from fear, from the unknown, from all that the world throws at me.
I trust You.
You who fills me.
You who overcomes my every fear.
You who fulfills my every need.
Here is not what I thought You meant when I heard Your promise whispered softly in the darkness.
But here is where You are. So here is where I want to be.
You and me, so close we share our breath.
In and out. Quiet and slow.
Father in Heaven, I pray for my friends who don’t understand the here you have brought them to. I pray for the ones who got bad news today. Yesterday. This week. I lift them up and ask You to draw near to them. I ask You to be their here and now. Ever present. Attentive. Sure. Thank You, Lord, for understanding what we cannot understand. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for always fulfilling Your promise. We turn to You with faith and trust. In Jesus name, amen.