Hey all! It’s good to have you here! Welcome! I’m so looking forward to spring weather and being able to sit on my back porch with you all at my summer table. How about you?

       So until then, we’ll sit at my dining table and start with prayer, okay?

       Father in Heaven, would You sit here at the table with us while we feast on Your word together. Guide us and teach us Father. In Jesus name, Amen.

       We are in the middle of a three-part series here at the table but I’m pausing until next week for the final post on that. I was just really inspired to write this post so we’ll et back to our regularly scheduled program next week okay?  

       So, have you seen car side mirrors that have the little sticker that says “objects are closer than they appear”? Of course, I don’t drive but I know these stickers are on those side mirrors. This is a reminder to the driver that when they use those mirrors to be mindful of things being much closer than they think it is.

       If a driver makes a decision to change lanes or turn into a parking lot, they need to know that this decision needs to be made with the knowledge that another car is closer than the driver thinks. I’m sure that there have been accidents in which a driver has said, “I didn’t think the other car was that close to me.”

       Have you been through some trials in which Jesus felt farther away then He actually was? Did it feel like He wasn’t there at all? Me too.

       I remember a time in my life that I spent three days feeling like God was nowhere to be found. It felt like He had simply abandoned me. But then I realized… God… like objects in a side mirror… was closer than He appeared to me.

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (ESV)

       Friends in those times of fire, God is closer than He appears. We may look in the side mirrors of life and reflect on what has happened and feel that God wasn’t very nearby. But this verse shows the promise that He is!

       God works within our trials and struggles. He walks with us through the fire. Remember the story of the three Hebrew boys who were thrown into the fiery furnace? (see Daniel 3 20 – 25)

       It’s not known if the three boys actually saw the Angel of the Lord for themselves but He was definitely closer than He appeared to be in the midst of that trial.

       Are you going through something so heavy right now that it feels like God isn’t nearby? Do you feel like you are getting ready to be tossed into the fiery furnace? Be assured… God is nearby! He is an ever-present help in times of trouble. Simply call on Him and He will let you know just how close He is. He longs to help us on our journey of trials and struggles.

       So, when you look in those side mirrors… remember that God is definitely closer than He appears! Know He is right there in the passenger seat on this journey with you! See you next week. 

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