One of my favorite memories of when my children were little was hearing their little voices say, “mommy, would you stay with me?” Looking back, what I wouldn’t give to hear them say that…one…more…time. Whether they were scared or lonely, or a bit of both, hearing them ask me to focus my attention on them and stay with them was so precious. Oh there were times when I thought….I have so much to do! I need to clean up the kitchen from dinner. Finish up a project. Prep things for the next day. I can remember telling myself….it won’t always be this way. Someday they’ll be grown up and gone and I will long for them to say, “mom, stay with me.”
Today, they are busy adulting on their own. The truth is the tables have turned and it is me sometimes saying, “hey, would you sit and stay with me for a while?” Being in the unhurried presence of the ones we love is such a precious gift. I had someone give me wise advice a number of years ago…be where your feet are. Be present.
We never have to beg God for His presence. While He is bigger than the universe and busy holding everything together, He is also within our heart, ever present, holding US together, day and night, through the good times and especially the hard times. We don’t have to flag Him down during a busy time and His presence is never determined or swayed by our performance.
We know this because Jesus promised us in Matthew 28:20 (ESV), “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
God has given us the precious gift of His Presence.