There is a joy that comes with presents, but a better joy . . . presence!
Truly, you are a God who hides himself, O God of Israel, the Savior. Isaiah 45:15
If God loves me, he is going to "show up," right? Maybe not! In fact, it is God's absence that may reveal his love more than his presence.
Sound crazy? Well . . . it's not going to be easy, but it is definitely doable. I realized this when I downloaded a new app for my phone. The Nike + Running App keeps track of my every step with GPS precision. Of course, I am not a runner, I am walker, but the App doesn't know that. It just thinks I'm slow -- and I'm okay with that. The bottom line is that records the distance every day I walk.
Saturday night I wandered off to the land of Nod about 8:30 p.m.. I am an early riser. If I don't get my rest on the front end I'm not going to get it. Sunday's docket was pretty straightforward: Tweak message, preach twice, sit down for a brief meeting, then hit the road for a trip to Memphis and the birth of a new grandchild.