We’re in the midst of our first snow of the season. Sampson couldn’t wait to walk and play in it so I walked him down the hill this morning to let him run in the woods.
I went to a nearby shelter and was reading my devotionals as it’s still snowing and I was trying to stay as dry as possible. I got immersed in what I was reading. Usually when we walk I try to stay where I can at least hear him running in the woods but this morning I didn’t. When I came to myself I called him. Nothing. I listened for him. Nothing. I started to walk down to where I thought he was, calling him. I looked up the hill toward our house and he was running down the hill! That’s never happened before. He thought I had left him! He was whimpering and ran to me happy to see me.
Sometimes we feel like that, don’t we? While we’re running, working, playing, immersed in our lives we sometimes feel God’s left us because He’s quiet. There are times when we may feel we’re utterly alone.
I’d never leave my precious pup. I love him. Sometimes I let him go and do his thing but I’m always close by waiting for him to come back to me.
Our Father does the same. He awaits the invitation to join us but during the times there’s no invitation from us, rest assured. He’s always nearby. He’s as close as a whisper no matter what, no matter where. Jesus came to earth donning flesh to assure we’d never be alone. He’s in us, beside us, in front of us, over us and in us.
Sampson was sure happy to see me and hasn’t left my side since. I’m praying we stay that close to the Father today. As unstable and unsure as the world is, we never have to be unsure of Him, His presence and His love. Leave us? It’s never going to happen.
Genesis 28:15 “Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”