CLOSER THAN YOU KNOW
While at the gym the other day I found myself having a really hard run on the treadmill. As I often do during such times, I lifted my head to find a point on the ceiling on which to concentrate so that I could pray. The longer I tried to concentrate on that high point, the worse my run went and I could not focus on prayer. Finally, in defeat, I dropped my head and saw the faint motto on the control panel of that Planet Fitness treadmill that simply says “you belong.”
At that moment, I came to the realization that God was present then and there with me. Even though intellectually I know that God’s Spirit dwells within me, when I went to prayer my mind automatically pictured God in some far off place “up above.” Don’t read me wrong here; God certain inhabits heavenly realms. Nevertheless, in reality, God is beyond our understanding of time and space and he is not only in those heavenly realms, but He is also fully present with us, closer than that “you belong” reminder six inches away from my face.
Any parent will tell you how difficult it is to be far away from their children. At that moment, I had the realization that God’s heart is touched in the same way. We are all sons and daughters of the King. He longs to be near to us, and for us to draw near to Him. If I we want to see God, we certainly can look to the skies as a reminder of His greatness, but He isn’t there. He is right here, with His children. Through the rest of my run, which did get remarkably better, I put my head down and rested in the knowledge that I belong to a God who is closer than we realize, at all times, in all things.
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