Omnipresent is a word that when spoken about God, means that He is everywhere; all places at all times. God’s own Son is called Emmanuel, meaning God with us. This news is good, very good indeed. David does not write about God as some sort of stalker, but rather His Presence gives comfort, peace and protection. Oh, the joy of being led by the Lord, to be held by Him, to be blessed by Him.
When my kiddos were ten, eleven, and twelve years old, my dad came from Michigan for a visit to our home in China. After a great trip to Xian and Beijing and celebrating his birthday, my dad flew back to the US. Russell stayed in Beijing for meetings, so he put me and the kids on the train with a treasure of Subway sandwiches, and we saw some stunning countryside on our fifty-hour journey to Kunming.
The next stage of the trip home was an overnight bus that would twist through many mountains to our town near Burma. Exhausted from the trip the kiddos fell right to sleep. Throughout the long, bumpy ride I found myself checking on them and praying for safety, protection, and God’s peace. On a stop just before dawn for breakfast noodles and makeshift restrooms, I saw a friend who was also returning to our town and he asked me if we still had our backpacks and money. Nearly everyone on the bus had been robbed that night and I, as a foreign woman with young children, would have been an easy target.
At that time, our friend Ken did not understand my explanation of God’s protection, but I keep praying that one day he too will trust in God’s goodness. May we daily know His nearness. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. I am not alone. You are not alone. We do not need to be afraid. God is with us, no matter where we go, when we walk with God we go with His blessing.