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.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,”
even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you. - Psalm 139:7-12
Dear Heavenly Father,
It is both comforting and frightening to my divided heart that there is no getting out of your presence ever. I cannot ever hide my misdeeds from your glance. But also, I can never complain that my life is hidden from your gracious stare. You watch my life to protect me and then to correct me - all at the same time. I used to think my mother had eyes in the back of her head. You are much more observant than she was. You have no back so your eyes are on me all the time. It keeps me hopeful and honest, sober and settled, peaceful and prompt. Thanks you for reminding me that you see me all the time.
Pastor Don Patterson
Remembering that God is always present changes everything you think in every situation.