Also in the category of “it is what it is:” a few weeks ago, my family packed up and moved to Georgia. So whatever 2015 holds for me, I guess it won’t be meeting God in Memphis – more like meeting God wherever I am at the moment. I find it both a comfort and a challenge to think of meeting God anywhere, at any time.
On the Sunday of our first church visit in Georgia, the very first hymn in the service was “I Sing the Mighty Power of God.” The last line of the hymn text (written by Isaac Watts) is one of my favorite lines in the whole hymnal:
“And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God, art present there.”It’s a line that puts a lump in my throat every time I sing it. I have now lived in four different states, and moving never gets easier. Mentally and spiritually, I might say I have been in even more “states” than that. But even in the loneliest (or just plain weirdest) places, God is there. Truthfully, I don’t always recognize God in the moment. Sometimes all I have to go on is the faith that God IS present everywhere. It’s a faith I cling to with all my might, because it’s what enables me to go, again and again, from the familiar to the strange, from the comfortable and “lived-in” to the new and untested places, even into the dark places within myself that cannot be forever ignored (no matter how much I might like to) but must sometimes be explored.
For the time being, I plan to leave this blog up as is. Everything I have written here has been shared with the intent and the hope that what I say bears witness to the faith that “everywhere that we can be, Thou, God art present there.” Perhaps some of these testimonies have run their course and can now be laid to rest; I may yet choose to take the blog down and/or start up a new one. Either way, I sincerely hope that those of you who have so kindly stopped by and read my blog over the past few years have gotten something out of it, and I hope you have a wonderful year full of “meeting God” moments. Thank you for sharing your time with me!