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Job 35:10 “But no one says ‘Where is God my Maker, Who gives songs in the night.’”

Do you ever get “songs in the night” and wake up with the tune and lyrics stuck in your head? Me, too!

It happened the other day. I wish it would have been Mandisa’s “Shackles”, Mercy Me’s “Shake” or Big Daddy Weave. BUT NO-O-O-O-O-O. It was Bette Middler. Bette Middler?!? Where did that come from? I know this will anger some people, but I am very thankful that it wasn’t  “The Rose” rolling around in my brain!

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The music that kept playing was “From a Distance.” Over and over it played in my head, like a jukebox stuck on B17! Ohhhhh, the insanity!

God is watching us, God is watching us

God is watching us, From a distance …

God is watching us, God is watching us

God is watching us, From a distance …

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To stop the music, I started thinking about the words.  God is watching from a distance. WRONG (imagine needle scratching vinyl record here). Our God wants a relationship with each of us. He is a personal God!

He walked with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden: Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…”

God made them clothes from animal skins: Genesis 3:21 “And the Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.”

The Psalms tell us He doesn’t sleep while He watches over us, and He guards us when we leave and when we return (Ps. 121:3, 4, 8).  God keeps track of our sorrows, and bottles up our tears (Ps. 56:8). Pretty hard to do from a distance.

Jesus felt someone touch His cloak.  It was a woman who had been hemorrhaging for twelve years. He didn’t ignore her and continue walking.  He stopped. He SAW her. He healed her (Mark 5:25-34). Right then, right there. Not from a distance (although He could have done that too!).

Jesus wept at Lazarus’ grave (John 11:35). He loved Lazarus (John 11:3). He wasn’t aloof with Lazarus, Mary or Martha. He had a relationship with them. That is what He wants with each of us.

I have a personal relationship with God through my faith and trust in His Son Jesus. The only time He feels distant, is when I hold Him at arms length. When I push away…stiff-arming Him.

I had a long season in my life, as a young adult, when I distanced God. But He was relentless. He wouldn’t let me go too far. He drew me back. And, like the prodigal son’s father, even when I was still a long way off, He ran to meet me. That bears repeating:

When I was far away, He ran to meet me.

Oh Lord! How thankful I am that You are an intimate God! You love me with an everlasting love.  You see me, and You know me – up close and personal! You don’t watch from a distance. You draw me back to You. Thank You!

Photos by John Chauvin

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