When I’m awakened by the sound of loud thunder, I usually know what will happen next. The dog arrives first, released from the bedroom of the little girl who follows him. The dog settles in at the foot of the bed, while my daughter crawls in next to me.
When my daughter is scared, she doesn’t want to be alone. Her dolls and stuffed animals can’t provide the comfort she needs, and not even her beloved dog is sufficient. She seeks comfort in the presence of those who know what she needs and love her.
I’m trying to teach my daughter to turn to the Lord when she’s afraid—and not just so she’ll start sleeping in her own bed through a thunderstorm. I love comforting her when I can, but I know there will be times when life is hard and I’m not just down the hallway. I want her to learn that there is One who loves her even more than I do. Her Heavenly Father is always with her.
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7-10)
God is present everywhere we go. He is always with us, and He is always holding and guiding us. He cares about every detail of our life and every moment of our struggles.
This month as we’ve studied God’s provision, we’ve seen how God provides for our needs, gives wisdom, and equips us. But best of all, He provides His presence. Every decision we wrestle with, He will lead us. Every storm we endure, He will hold us. Everywhere we go, He is there.
No matter what you face this week, God is with you.
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