“Stay where you can see me!” I would yell to the kids as they ran off. Not the other way around, where I can see them.
I figured out very quickly that the kids weren’t thinking, “Hmm–can she see me from over there?” Nope. It was,” Sure she can, I’m fine! OFF I GO!” As they played further and further away.
But they will stop and think,” There she is, I’m okay. Wait. Nope. She moved. Where did she go? What? Did she leave me? Oh no! Oh….wait, if I move over here…oh yeah, there she is!”
And I realized with this verse, it is the same with faith. I should be able to see God. We can trust that He is there. Go about our business and leave it all to Him. We know He loves us. But if we don’t keep our thoughts on Him, we can end up in the hot seat of temptation. And that is so very easy to do, just wander a little to the left or the right, thinking this will be fine–He can still see me. This won’t be so bad. This won’t hurt me. Just like little kids wandering away at the park.
But what happens when we make sure that we can see the Goodness of the Lord at all times? When we read the Bible, fill our ears with more Christian music than secular, keep talismens around that remind us of our faith, pray, meet with other Christians–it makes a difference. Our minds stay on what keeps us strong. We remember the goodness and love of faith and we remember to share it with those around us.
Stay where you can see God. Yes. That is what I will do.
PS…if you want even more, Lesson #2 of the online Bible study of Exodus posts today over at www.biblestoriesfromtheheart.com . We had a wonderful response from the community over there–over a thousand people checked it out! Many did the artwork with me and shared it on Facebook. It is becoming a great community to get closer to God. We would love to have you join us!