Believers in Christ do well to crave a haunting of the Spirit in their hearts, alerting them to the presence of God whenever and wherever life finds them lost and alone. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
When I was a little boy I thought a lot about my Mom. My Dad was on my mind as well, but mostly in those special times when I needed a defender. My Mom, however, filled the rest of the emotional space in me, especially when I was little. In that sense she haunted my thoughts, popping up especially when bad things happened to me. There was that time when I wandered away from her in Gimbels–Schusters and suddenly found myself alone in an aisle of strange people none of whom looked like my Mom. My first thought was–Mom? I’m sure I called out her name hoping she would hear me and find me. It didn’t matter there were other mothers in the store and my little voice would have elicited a motherly response from more than one Mom in the area. I’m sure before I was reunited with her there were several kind Moms who tried to comfort me. Nevertheless, all I could think about was my Mom. As a little boy I was attached to her in a special way. There was no substitute for the emotional attachment I had for her. She was the emotional reserve in my little boy’s heart that was always there but in the background, just waiting for those critical times when I felt alone or needed healing.
Does God haunt the recesses of your mind today as your Mom and Dad did so many years ago? If so, you need never worry about getting lost in this life, he will find you every time as he comes to mind and you cry out.
Here’s a story. It was Christmas Eve 1875 and Ira Sankey was traveling on a Delaware River steamboat when he was recognized by some of the passengers . . . They asked him to sing . . . (and) he (began to) sing William B. Bradbury’s hymn, “Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us.” . . . When he finished, a man stepped from the shadows and asked, “Did you ever serve in the Union Army?” “Yes,” Mr. Sankey answered, “in the spring of 1860.” “Can you remember if you were doing picket duty on a bright, moonlit night in 1862?” “Yes,” Mr. Sankey answered, very much surprised. “So did I, but I was serving in the Confederate army. When I saw you standing at your post, I thought to myself, ‘That fellow will never get away alive.’ I raised my musket and took aim. I was standing in the shadow, completely concealed, while the full light of the moon was falling upon you. At that instant, just as a moment ago, you raised your eyes to heaven and began to sing...’Let him sing his song to the end,’ I said to myself, ‘I can shoot him afterwards. He’s my victim at all events, and my bullet cannot miss him.’ But the song you sang then was the song you sang just now. I heard the words perfectly: ‘We are Thine; do Thou befriend us. Be the Guardian of our way.’ Those words stirred up many memories. I began to think of my childhood and my God-fearing mother. She had many times sung that song to me. When you had finished your song, it was impossible for me to take aim again. I thought, ‘The Lord who is able to save that man from certain death must surely be great and mighty.’ And my arm of its own accord dropped limp at my side.” (K. Hughes)
Believers in Christ do well to crave a haunting of the Spirit in their hearts, alerting them to the presence of God in their lives whenever and wherever life finds them lost and alone. When God thus occupies your heart, haunting it in a way that his presence is always there, when you cry out no one or nothing else will matter–only God. The Lord is thus great and mighty and nothing can be substituted in your life for him. He will change your life in a haunting sort of way.
We pray. Thank you Lord for offering all of yourself to us every moment of the day. When we are lost and feeling alone you are always there, just like our Mom and Dad were for us so long ago. Forgive us Lord when we allow our hearts to be filled with the things of this world, emotions and feelings that will never help us when we are in trouble and only serve to push us to worry instead of trust. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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