Sunday, May 31, 2009

even there...


So, let me paint a picture. I have just walked across the street from my hotel to a 24hr diner, because I hadn't really eaten a solid meal. Although there was plenty of great food at the wedding reception, i just couldn't eat for some reason. April and I had just gotten off the phone, and more than anything, I'm ready to be home. Soon enough.

It's 12:30 a.m. Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" is seriously cranked up, after following a charming song by Metallica. Perfect music for a random meal alone in a room full of Chattanooga's finest late night crowd. I get a text from a friend, who is considering a change in scenery, thinking about serving in a different way. I quickly texted him back a reminder from Psalm 139. We can't run away from God.

Then, it happened. I looked up Psalm 139 on my phone. I wanted to be sure I had sent the right idea to him. I am reading it through, and these words land in my heart:

"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.

Even there...

5 comments:

b/ said...

explore further. do another post on this please sir.

Lee Cadden said...

great words to read this morning bro. i needed to hear that this morning.

Lee Cadden said...

great words to read this morning bro. i needed to hear that this morning.

Beloved said...

wow, that is powerful. do you remember the very old MercyMe (or was it Nickel and Dime?) acoustic Psalm 139 song? It was on the first Thirsty Conference (or Passion?) cd back in probably 2000. It is haunting and stays with me. See if you can find it.

Biscuet said...

That exact same section of Psalm 139 came up last night in our little small group of foreigners living here in Beijing. It is certainly a great promise and truth to those of us who make our home on the other side of the world.