You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.
Have you ever been to a wedding in which the bride and groom use sand as a symbol of their unity? It has become common in weddings to pour different colored sand into a larger container, and often to have the pastor also pour sand of a more neutral color representing the idea that God is also a part of their union. At a recent wedding, as the pastor was pouring the “God” sand, he was having trouble getting the sand to go into the narrow neck of the vase and ended up spilling quite a bit of the sand onto the table and floor.
Although sand on the table and floor wasn’t the desired outcome for that wedding, it is a more realistic representation of our life with God. We may think we have God contained or figured out, but God doesn’t always do exactly what we want or act in the ways we might be expecting. God doesn’t stay in the vase or in any of our boxes or categories. We may only be in the habit of thinking about God on Sundays or at certain times or in certain places, but, as the writer of Psalm 139 points out, God goes before us and follows us. God goes with us into every time and place, into every part of our lives.
It is a challenge to stay connected with God on a daily basis. One of our big jobs as a church is to help one another with this. One of the reasons we are encouraged to set aside time daily for Bible reading and prayer is to help us stay connected with God through the week. The “Our Daily Bread” booklets our church gives out every quarter give us daily readings and thoughts to prompt our prayers. There are many email subscriptions that can help us remember that God is with us wherever we read our email – at work, school, home, or wherever we are.
How do you stay connected with God every day? Share your practices in the comments below to help others.
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May the Lord bless you as you seek him!
The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. --2 Chronicles 16:9