You have searched me and know me, Lord!
Psalm 139 reminds us that no matter where we go or what we do, our God is always present. For people of faith, I would think the reassuring presence of God in our life would be one of comfort and give one a sense of peace and being loved.
Sometimes we become frustrated and overwhelmed and feel alone when life seems too worrisome and unbearable. Statistics tell us that anxiety and depression are on the rise in the young and the not so young. We live in a world that moves too fast and urges us to climb on the bandwagon and ultimately find ourselves caught up in the whirlwind of activity and pressure to be someone we were never meant to be.
When we take time to carve out spaces for quiet reflection and prayer, times to spend with family and friends for fun and relaxation or time to just BE, we keep the door open to God working in our lives.
This summer has been filled with times to step back and let God be in charge of what I do or where I am going. In connecting with family and friends near and far, I have tried to just be present in the moment, whether that be an evening boat ride to catch the sunset, visit with a friend anticipating major surgery or just taking the time to pen a letter to God in my journal. It has been a wonderful time to bask in the glory of God’s presence.
It is my prayer that in the busy days ahead I may recognize the God of sunsets, star-filled nights and summer fun days, is also the Lord who continues to search me and know me and walks with me.
This is my prayer for you as well.
Theresa Secord is a Pastoral Associate at St. Agnes Parish, Louisville, Kentucky.