About six months ago a friend of mine died. He was the father of two little ones and it was a desperately sad situation. I have always thought it must be very hard to be told you are dying, and know you are going to die leaving young children behind.
This week his three year old son got into an elevator and as soon as they stepped in, he turned to his mom and said, “Daddy was just here!” His mother looked at him puzzled and asked, “What do you mean?” The boy said again, “Daddy was just here, I can smell him.”
Someone must have just been in the elevator with the same cologne that his dad used to wear, and the little three year old boy recognized the cologne.
The mother tried to explain, but the boy was adamant. “Come on, let’s get out. Hurry! If we are quick we will find him. Daddy is here somewhere.”
God is always near. Sometimes we know it for sure. Other times he seems far away, and we doubt it. Sometimes we sense he had his hand on our shoulder guiding. But mostly it is when we look back that we realize that God has been looking out for us all along – that he has indeed been at our side all along.
Take a few minutes this week to look back as we move forward into this New Year. When you look back, recognize the times in your past when God has worked powerfully in your life.
We remember how God has worked in our PAST, we are given HOPE that he will work in our PRESENT and in our FUTURE.
“God is with us.” This is the message of Christmas. Let us carry it throughout the year, and recognize his presence in every moment, in every person, and in every situation.