"I am perpetually with you, taking care of you. That is the most important fact of your existence... My presence with you is a forever-promise. You need not fear the future, for I am already there." (285)
Currently, I am missing the presence of my amazing husband, Joe. He is involved in a VOM (Voice of the Martyrs) Colombian Pastors Conference this week. We've had limited communication since he arrived in Colombia. But, you can be certain, we have used each brief, fragile connection as an opportunity to communicate our love for each other and to restate our commitment to pray for one another. Although he is gone, he is very present with me. My heart is continually aware of the "forever-promise" we've made to each other.
It reminds me of the "forever-promise" Jesus made in Matthew 28:20, "And remember, I am with you always, day by day, until the Close of the Age." (Weymouth New Testament) Jesus made a "forever-promise." Even though He is gone, He is very present "to the very end of the age!"
So, how is Joe very present with me although he is thousands of miles away? How is Jesus very present with me although He's been gone for over two thousands years? Each are "forever-present" as I stay aware and available. I stay aware and available for Joe's attempts to make contact. In a similar way I enjoy a "forever-promised" relationship with Jesus, too.
Promised in His Presence...dmc