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God is There, Too

By Rev. Julie Sterling

Summer is quickly approaching. The changing of seasons brings new life all around us. Graduations and summer breaks cause a new rhythm to emerge, inviting us to slow down a bit, and journey through life more leisurely. There is a joy that accompanies this time of year. Summer is a time to make memoires, go on adventures, and take much needed sabbath rests. To quote Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air’. With changing schedules comes a different pace in the life of the church. Programs that run during the school year wind down, giving space for new experiences and opportunities. In some cases, church participation wavers a bit. Regular attendance may become less frequent as we relax by the beach or go on vacations and mini breaks. 

Yet our life with God never takes a break. 

This past week I as I was preparing for worship, I came across a passage from Psalm 139:

O LORD, you have searched me and known me.

You know when I sit down and when I rise up;

          you discern my thoughts from far away.

You search out my path and my lying down,

          and are acquainted with all my ways.

Even before a word is on my tongue,

          O LORD, you know it completely.

You hem me in, behind and before,

          and lay your hand upon me.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;

          it is so high that I cannot attain it.

King David’s words are a reminder that God’s presence is constant and unwavering and his love is sure. He knows us intimately and walks each step of our lives with us…and sometimes he goes with us on an adventure. In my daily devotion ‘Daily Feast’ it states “Wherever we go, God is there; nothing we do goes unnoticed by God”. What does it mean for you to be known and loved by God? What assurance does this truth give you about your life with God?

The summer months may alter your normal routine but there is always time for God.  In fact, it is good to change things up a bit and take a deep breath. Often when we have time away from everyday life we are awoken to God working in new ways. The Psalm 139 reading from Daily Feast concludes with the following response: “Where are you traveling this summer? Be open to the places where you will see God.”

I look forward to our time together this season. We have some fun activities planned for the summer and I am excited for these moments of fellowship as a church family.  We also have a great deal of work ahead of us as we prepare for our big move.  It may seem overwhelming but remember the words of Isaiah 58:11: “Where God guides, he provides”.  

Enjoy your time this summer and remember that God is always near, leading you as you go.