As I walk out on the porch to a temperature swing of better than 40 degrees in less than a day, I stare across a golf course, a lake and miles of beautiful Alabama country woods after a night of near tornado conditions. I see nothing but evidence of the greatness of God's creation.
I see many wonderful joys he has blessed me with personally and I remember.
I remember back in 1992 having literally nothing to my name but a mattress. And I remember having that same feeling of security then that despite the conditions, God had my back. I remember just a few short months ago when I received the news of my son's death, the devastation, the total loss of joy, and I remember God riding in that car with me back to ATL.
Then as now, the same feeling hit me, He's Everywhere, no matter what circumstance we are in.
So often we talk to folks who feel lost, have little or no contact with the Lord, feeling hopeless, afraid and anxious about what comes next. The same news goes for them, He's Everywhere! Despite what looks bad, everything looks a whole lot better to Him. He can see our way out, He can see way beyond what our human, fallible minds can comprehend.
He knows we are human, we can have those feelings of anxiety and fear. But knowing that he is everywhere breeds confidence, that gives you hope that whether we have little or have much, we learn to be at peace with where we are even though we may be really hurting inside.
That confidence only continues to grow as we go through each valley of life with Him, only soon to be back on top of a mountain. Paul said it in scripture, David wrote about it in Psalm after Psalm, and I get it after seeing Him at work:
He's Everywhere....even though sometimes I am feeling nowhere!
1/23/2016 05:47:47 pm
Thanks Glenn I feel like this was directed straight to me!!!! I feel so lost but I to got to trust the plan and the promises of god. I am taking each one day and sometimes one minute at a time, I am stressing about my weight because I need to live another 40 years to make sure all the babies are ok etc. I am just a hot mess right now but I know that if I was high and drunk I wouldn't be able to deal with all this pain :} God is with me I feel his presence.
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Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at email@example.com.