Omnipresence: Sunday Devotion #11

Joshua 1: 8-9 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

As I stood on the street corner in Madrid, Spain, lost, alone, and unable to find my hotel at 1:00 in the morning, I started to panic. I had been to see flamenco dancing, thinking the bus that picked me up at the hotel would take me safely back there. But the driver simply pointed in the direction I should walk from the Gran Via.

Although the Gran Via, the main street of Madrid, was as full of people as Atlanta at noon, the streets I was on were deserted, except for an occasional person walking a dog at that hour of the night! As the darkness descended around me in an area with not many street lights, I started to believe that I was going to get hurt or kidnapped.

Then, in my spirit, I remembered God’s promise to Joshua that He would be with him everywhere. So, I stopped and prayed, “Oh Lord, I don’t know where my hotel is, but you do. And just as you promised Joshua that you would be with him wherever he went, I believe that you are with me. Please help me find my way to the hotel!

A peace came into my soul, and when I stopped hyperventilating from fear, I felt in my spirit to turn 180 degrees. I saw a faint light about three blocks away, and I followed the light to a candy store I remembered was a block and a half from my hotel! When I walked into my hotel room, I was praising God and so thankful to realize that He is truly omnipresent.

Today, when we seem unable to see how life will be after this pandemic passes, it is easy to feel lost and alone, especially when we are so isolated from others. But, because God is omnipresent, we are never out of His sight, so we can rest in the assurance that He will never leave us or forsake us.

Indeed, David writes in Psalm 139: 7-10, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

So, hold on and know that the God Who Sees Us is ever with each of us! Praise be to His Name!

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