O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, O Lord, you know it completely. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is so high that I cannot attain it.
These words come from our lectionary Psalm for our upcoming worship service on January 17. As I read them this week in preparation for worship, it struck me how close God is to us in the eyes of the Psalmist.
Our lives are full of many situations that can feel as if they push us away from God. Many different things that distract us from God’s close presence. While this presence is always with us, some days we have to work harder to find, and even believe, that God is there.
The thing that also strikes me is that God is with us no matter where we might find ourselves. God is with us even when we don’t really feel like having God around. God is with us when we sit, when we wake up, when we travel, and even when we find ourselves far from God.
In our human relationships, we find that any extended lack of connection can lead to a breaking down of the connection. When one person drifts away for a period of time, both sides of the relationship can fall apart. The Psalmist teaches us that this is not a reality for our relationship with God.
No matter how far we might feel from our relationship with God, God is always the same in relation to us. Nothing we do pushes God away, no place we go takes us away from God’s love and presence.
Many days we’ll find ourselves feeling like we’ve drifted, but God is always there reminding us that God’s love, exemplified in Christ, never falters for us. God’s grace, taught to us through Jesus, is always extended. God’s call, whispered through the Holy Spirit, is always there to guide us toward what’s next.
Friends, you are not alone –– no matter where the seas of life may take you. God, through Christ, is always near. You are always thought of. You are always loved.
For God has searched your heart and found you enough. God knows you and loves you in who you are.
May we hear the beckoning call of Christ that is always with us: you are loved . . . you are enough . . . follow me.
See you Sunday,