There is a song called "I Just Want To Be Where You Are". The lyrics are:
I just want to be where You are, dwelling daily in Your presence. I don't want to worship from afar, draw me near to where You are.
I just want to be where You are,
in Your dwelling place forever.
Take me to the place where You are,
I just want to be with You.
I want to be where You are,
dwelling in Your presence
Feasting at Your table,
surrounded by Your glory
In Your presence,
that's where I always want to be
I just want to be,
I just want to be with You.
We close our eyes and sing this, imaging ourselves surrounded by beauty in a heavenly palace somewhere. Perhaps we even imagine ourselves wearing robes of white and we are listening to or even playing a harp.
While I realize God is omnipresent and we simply cannot comprehend Him, truthfully I must tell you that when I think about where God is, I do not think of Him as sitting around Heaven's throne room. I see God traveling the highways and byways of life.
I see Him tirelessly ministering to those who are broken in body, mind and spirit. I see Him coming to heal the wounds of the broken-heart and quieting the fears of those who are afraid. I see Him out on the desert as a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. I see Him feeding the hungry and giving water to the thirsty, even when they are in a place where there appears to be no food or water. I see Him on the battlefield, delivering the oppressed and even enabling them to slay "giants" and defeat great armies... even though they are weak and small.
I see God walking in the midst of the fire, right beside those who have been cast into it. I see Him in the lion's den. I see God out on the storm-tossed sea, seeing us even when we cannot see Him and no longer how fierce the storm is, no matter how long it rages... He is Lord over the wind, the waves and the storm. He will safely bring us through.
I do not know about you, but I do not seek things such as wealth, fame or perfect health. I seek HIM! I fear that many in this world have ceased seeking Him. They are only seeking what they believe He will give them.
Do you want to seek Him or do you simply seek "stuff"? Do you want to be with Him because you love HIM or because He owns the cattle on the thousand hills? Here is the test. Gather up everything you love, in your hands. Gather up your wealth, your health, your position, your family, your friends... everything. Relinquish it to Him and then follow Him wherever He leads. WHEREVER He leads. Be forewarned though... God seldom walks the easy paths so do we really want to be where He is? I do!
[quote]I see God walking in the midst of the fire, right beside those who have been cast into it. I see Him in the lion's den. I see God out on the storm-tossed sea, seeing us even when we cannot see Him and no longer how fierce the storm is, no matter how long it rages... He is Lord over the wind, the waves and the storm. He will safely bring us through.[/quote]
We have been through a few storms my friend and we know this as an absolute truth.
Thank you for the reminder.
Thank you so much for reminding us on what is truly essential in our relationship with God.
Sister K, yes, I just want to be where Jesus is. May the Lord grant and meet our hunger heart for Him more and more. Thanks for the reminder. [img]http://www.anchoredbygrace.com/smileys/fl14.gif[/img]
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