Reassured that God is Near

Isaiah 65:24

Before they call I will answer, while they are yet speaking I will hear.

Thought for the Day:  God is always with us to reassure us that he is near.

“Mommy!” calls my youngest son. “Yes!” I call back. “I love you!” he calls back. “I love you too, honey!” my voice finishes our ritual. Recently, my youngest son, Jonathan, has been very concerned about my location as I work around the house.  This ritual takes place five or six times a day. Jonathan has found a way to make sure I am in speaking distance of him and that reassures him that I am close to him in the house.   As I hear his call, I respond immediately and I am called into his ritual. There are times when I don’t even think he is aware when he calls that first “Mommy!” But the ritual continues anyway. As a mother, I want to hear this ritual. It makes me feel needed and it makes me feel the love he has in his little heart. Each time our ritual takes place, I feel my heart become warm because I know that little boy wants me near.

Today, when I sat and thought about Jonathan’s and my ritual, I thought about how God would feel if several times a day I would call, “God!” “I love you.” It could go something like this: “God!” I call to my Father. “Yes!” God calls back. “I love you!” I proclaim back. “I love you too, my child!” His voice rings through the ritual. I think about the reassurance I would feel if that conversation could take place. Then, yes, then I realized that this ritual can and does take place with God. He is always present and is always near. We can call out to God in any moment of any day and be reassured that He is near. And, each time this ritual takes place God’s heart feels warm because He knows that we want Him near.

Prayer:   Father God, thank you for reassuring us everyday that you are near. Through the mouths of children showing love to us we feel your closeness and know you are near. “God, I love you!” Amen.


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