Tuesday, December 17, 2013

God is Omnipresent

God is Omnipresent 

Present at all places at all times

Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10

When my firstborn started looking at colleges, she was clear about two main must-haves. The school had to have a strong theater department, if not an actual College of Fine Arts. And the school had to have a strong Hospitality Management program. This narrowed down the list of possible schools, which was mostly a good thing. There are so many terrific options that can make it so hard to determine which colleges to apply to.

However, my daughter’s requirements also meant that a Christian school was not in the running.

This concerned me…a lot! My Moms in Prayer sisters can testify to that. I was already grieving about my daughter’s departure. In fact, pretty much every week our little group shed a tear or two. A few of us were preparing to “release” our kids to college and the unknowns of their future lives away from the safety, security, shelter of our homes.

I confess, I was worried.

My 17-year-old daughter was a very capable, smart, and aware young woman. We had remained close and for the most part enjoyed each other’s company. (Don’t get me wrong, she was intent on separating and did her share of rejecting me.) She had been a “good girl” throughout high school. She had made mostly wise choices and I trusted her discernment. Her faith seemed solid.

But let’s face it. We’re talking college here.

A place where my daughter would be in an environment that I knew provided plenty of opportunities to party. She’d make friends and be influenced by people I wouldn’t know and might not ever meet. And then there was the college liberalism—opinions, ideas, thinking, philosophies foreign to me and all we had taught my daughter.

I felt just as I had when I waved goodbye to her the first time she set out on the big yellow school bus clear across town to PreK…I felt like I was feeding her to the wolves!

So what was a worrying mama to do?

What could I do about this lack of control I had over my daughter’s day-to-day life once she left our home? Well, I could stay up nights wondering, worrying how my precious child was. I could try to force her to be in touch with me constantly, using manipulative tactics like, I don’t know, withholding money? I could move to a neighborhood right by her new location.

The temptation to be a hover mother was great.

But then, one day, we gathered for our usual Moms in Prayer weekly meeting. The attribute of God we had chosen for the week was, “God Is Omnipresent—Present at all places at all times.”

As we praised God using several scriptures, I was taken aback in awe of God’s goodness. He spoke so deeply to my fearful heart through His powerful Word that day. I was overcome as tears of gratitude and relief ran down my cheeks.

The Lord would be with my daughter wherever she went!

My daughter has now graduated from college. She lives on her own in a big city. And the same thing is true today that was true that day many years ago—God is with my daughter wherever she goes. And He’s with your children, near or far, young or old, in good times and bad ALWAYS!

Do you believe God is everywhere? Present at all places at all times? How has He assured you of His Presence?


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