I was at a meeting of Ministers in Colchester organized by New Wine and one of them greeted me with these words.
‘So you’re still around?’
They had made a very reasonable assumption that I had moved away because of my new job when I had actually remained in the area.
As we worshiped together later I began to wonder if we ever have a ‘So you’re still around attitude with God?’
Do we expect to encounter God in a gathering for worship?
Do we expect to encounter God at work?
Do we expect to encounter God in everyday life?
Do we expect to encounter Go when we are in trouble?
Do we expect to encounter God when life is full of joy and happiness?
We know that Jesus said that He is with us always but do we have the expectation that He really is with us always?
It occurred to me recently that for a people who believe that the all powerful and loving God is with them that we can try really hard to live our lives in our own strength, only calling on Jesus when all else has failed.
So, if you’re a ‘so you’re still around’ person in your expectation of encountering Jesus in the everyday, can I encourage you to call on him more. Try ‘thanks that you are still around’ at regular intervals in the day. Look for God’s presence and listen for his leading and you might be surprised what happens.