Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
Allie, our sweet kitty, is no spring chicken. As she was a stray when my husband, Danny, took her in, we're not sure exactly how old she is, but her increased inactivity belies the behaviors of an aging cat.
To be sure, Allie still moves about, but her gait is slow and measured. She loves to wake me in the morning (not my favorite thing) when she is ready to be fed. She does wander the yard from time to time, upsetting the squirrels who scold her mercilessly. But, Allie never gives chase. She seems content to simply watch the activity at our bird feeder from the vantage point of our deck.
What Allie does best these days is sleep. Her only decision to make? Where to snooze! I can find her in any number of places, napping blissfully.
Mysteriously, though, there is one place to which Allie retreats for nap time which I have yet to find. Honestly! I look everywhere I can think of, peering into every reasonable corner of the house. No Allie to be found! Where in the world is she hiding?
Only Allie knows, and she's not talking. I wonder if I'll ever find her secret sleeping space . . .?
Allie may be able to hide from me, but she certainly can't hide from God. As the psalmist says, "Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?"
Nowhere. Absolutely nowhere.
I take such comfort in this: Knowing that my Lord and my God is with me no matter where I am or what I'm doing. Knowing I'm never alone. Knowing that His grace and His love are there at the ready, at all times and in all places.
I can't hide from Him. But, in Him, I find my hiding place.
How does knowing you cannot hide from God affect your relationship with Him?
Will you pray with me?
We are so thankful, Father, that You are with us always through Your Holy Spirit. May knowing that You are always present give us peace and comfort in times of trial or times of joy. May our relationship with You grow stronger every day. Amen.