18 The LORD is near to all who call on him,
to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him;
he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The LORD watches over all who love him,
but all the wicked he will destroy
“Ha! Someday’s I feel so far from God that I couldn’t find Him with a telescope. I really don’t feel like you’re near!” I just want to scream out ‘Where are You when I need You?’ I mean really, in the midst of life where is He? Why is He not here by my side? Where is the peace when I cry out to Him? How is He near?
A lot of times in the midst of trials we don’t necessarily see where God is at work. We don’t see how He has kept us on track from the other direction that we could have gone. We don’t see how He has pushed us along and held our hand through the ordeal. We just don’t see Him until we look back, and sometimes not even then.
“One Night a man had a dream. He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonged to him and the other to the Lord.
When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand. He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints. He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it. ‘Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you you’d walk with me all the way, but I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don’t understand why when I needed you most you would leave me.’ The Lord replied, ‘My precious, precious child, I love you and would never leave you. During your times of trial and suffering when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.'”
It may be old. It may even be somewhat cliché. But it get’s the point across. When we call out to God, He is there, whether we see Him or not, whether we understand or not. He will always be there. He said “Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6, Hebrews 13:5). He will always be by your side and fulfill all your needs. The Lord is near. Are you ready to embrace Him?