It hasn’t been the best of days. The morning was hectic which led to distracted worship for me. We have a couple of our church members (in a really close knit group) that are dealing with some very difficult physical and family situations. There was a young couple visiting with us this morning that I had the opportunity to talk with for a bit. They lost their apartment and are living in a tent. Despite their great attitude and determination to make it, I was sad for them. So much difficulty, so much sadness without immediate solutions.
When I got in the car to come home from a hospital visit, my iphone played this song. Honestly, I have no idea how it even got in there or why Siri decided to play it now. I don’t think I have heard it for over 20 years. But as I listened to it, floods of joy washed over me. I grew up with Amy Grant’s music. And while my theology has evolved a bit since I first heard this song 30, 35 years ago. It still rings true.
Of course, now I know that we don’t have to wait to be in God’s presence, to be “with the Father.” That presence is available to us right here and right now. I don’t have to grin and bear it until I get to escape to heaven. I can live in that glory now. Yes, we are “here to learn to love him,” but more than that, we are here to learn to be loved by him (her). It is so easy to view life through the lens of our circumstances which, quite often, suck. We need to be reminded, and remind one another, of the presence, the peace, the love of God that is available to us here and now – a Presence which strengthens us to continue to engage the daily work of being Christ’s presence in the circumstances of our lives and in the world.
Guess I’ve known it all day long
Wonder where my thoughts went wrong
When will my heart believe?
In a little while or, if I choose, now I am with the Father – can’t you see the smile?