Imagine, if you will, that you are at your favorite coffee shop with your very best friend. Your friend is focused on you. He has his elbows on the table, head leaned forward to rest on his hands, and he’s hanging on your every word. You are complaining about your challenges or maybe you are sharing some exciting news. Perhaps you are simply asking for some advice. No matter what you say, you notice that your friend is totally engaged in your conversation. He never interrupts you to take a phone call or check a text message. He never even takes his eyes off of you to look at the person that just walked in the door. But you do. You turn to the table on your right and you see your very own friend totally engaged in talking to the guy next to you. And then you look to your left and see your friend talking to the woman at that table, intently listening to her. But wait, he’s still got his eyes on you. How can that be?
The scenario I described above is what it’s like to have an omnipresent God. I was thinking about that the other day when I was talking to God about something seemingly insignificant. I thought to myself, why am I bothering God with this trivial issue when he’s got much bigger fish to fry? That’s when it hit me. God is thrilled when I talk to him. I’m not interrupting him and taking his sight off of someone else. He’s God, and because he’s God, he can be fully present in conversation with me and fully present in conversation with you. Jeremiah 23:24 says, “‘Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not EVERYWHERE in all the heavens and earth?’ says the Lord.” It’s kind of mind blowing, isn’t it?
Please don’t think that what you say to God is ever insignificant. He loves to hear from you. You are not a pest. You are not bothering him. When you hurt, he wants to hold you and when you are excited, he wants to cheer you on. He will always have time for you; he will never run out of time. And he’s never too busy.
Personally, I think that’s pretty cool.
“I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen I will pray as long as I have breath!” Psalm 116:1-2
Nancy loves to laugh and considers laughter a critical part of human survival. If you were to ask, most days she would say her glass is half full but when it starts reaching the half-empty level, she reaches for a funny book or movie knowing that indeed “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Nancy has three married sons and five grandchildren. To read more from Nancy find her at www.nancyholte.com.