So far, I’ve managed to survive without texting; I could go my whole life without punching a miniscule device using two massive thumbs. Nor have I had any keen desire to Skype, seeing somebody’s mug on my screen. Ever avoiding experiencing the ecstasy of either, I eke out an existence.
But I’m afraid it’s just like good old faithful indoor plumbing: once I have it, I won’t be able to imagine life without it.
I recently became the beneficiary of a far more effective boon; the awareness of God’s holy presence with me, wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, at all times—because He is able. I cherish this excellent Christian amenity enough, that I am doing my level best to keep that awareness; there’s no going back.
Far too many times in this last year, I stood over the bed of that frail, old woman—feeling utterly helpless how to calm, comfort, even feed or clean her. It was at those junctures that I forgot something very important: right by my side, with great power, grace, and compassion, was the God who had created her—and who had created me.
John 14:26-27 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Now that she is secure with our Savior, I have all the more reason to be reminded of the nearness of Christ. And even though I feel a bit vulnerable right now, I have the Words of Life—from which I derive supernatural comfort. He is near.
No texting required.
Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
For Your word has given me life.
The proud have me in great derision,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
I remembered Your judgments of old, O LORD,
And have comforted myself.
The LORD is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble;
And He knows those who trust in Him.
Cast your burden on the LORD,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.