"I am with you always. These are the last words I spoke before ascending into heaven. I continue to proclaim this promise to all who will listen... center (your) life around this glorious promise... The fact that I am with you makes every moment of your life meaningful." (29)
Always there. Always aware. Jesus' rare, but true, promise to care for us! Even if I may be distracted, overwhelmed and uncertain. He is always attentively there.
I marvel at His ability to be totally tuned into me (including my flaws, weaknesses and failures) and yet He's totally committed to loving me! One would think that the more He came to know us, the more reasons He'd discover to keep us at a distance. However, it's just the opposite. For He longs to "never leave us or forsake us!" (Hebrews 13:5)
It reminds me of the attentive care given to my daddy in his final months. A highly skilled team of home-health providers would come and go throughout the day offering support and creative new ways to care for him and to encourage mother.
God has an eternal care plan...a promise to always be there, to always be aware! One morning I slipped into his room while he and mother were doing their daily devotions together. He was praying a tender, fervent prayer between gasps of air delivered by the oxygen tank. There's no doubt...Jesus was THERE! And now, daddy is THERE, with Jesus!
Grateful for God's attentive care & eternal promise...dmc