An excerpt from my Labor Day sermon on Psalm 139. This section is talking about verses 7-12:
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
My summary of verses 7-12:
You’re there. You’re there. And there. Over there. Still there. And, yes, even there.
When I decided in 2nd grade that I wanted to follow Jesus and really had no idea what that meant, he was there.
When I was starting my senior year at my 3rd high school, he was there.
When I met Gary McKinney and knew I liked him, but refused to admit for quite some time, he was there.
When I mourned my 1st and 2nd miscarriage, he was there.
When I held Lanie and Garrison for the first time, he was most definitely there.
When I visited my 100 year old grandma for the last time and she kept asking, “now who are you?”, he was there.
When I make a remarkable mess of my life, he is there.
When I led the funeral for a 6 week old little girl who was born with 1/2 a heart, he was there.
And in the midst of the last 3 years of my life, which have been the hardest for a couple of of reasons, God has been there.
Jer 31:3 reminds us “I have loved you with an everlasting love.”
David Benner in The Gift of Being Yourself boldly announces that he is “convinced that God loves each and every one of us with depth, persistence and intensity beyond imagination.”
Oh, if we could leave this place today believing that no matter where we go, God is in it with us….