During a recent vacation with my family, I was watching my son play in the crowded hotel swimming pool. He is water safe and loves swimming, but I always keep a sharp eye upon him, until I didn’t. A loud scream startled me and caused me to look away toward a girl who dropped her soda. It was only a second, but is was long enough. As I turned back to the pool, my son was gone. The first few seconds of searching quickly melted into minutes as I scoured the pool, frantically looking for him. I was about to get the lifeguard when my son emerged. He had crept behind a grotto fronting a waterfall, hidden from view. He was never in any real danger. I called out to him and waved. He smiled, completely clueless to my terror-filled moments that had just preceded.
You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it.
Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?
Psalms 139:5-7 (ESV)
I am so thankful that my Heavenly Father never lets me out of His sight. There is nothing I can do, nowhere I can hide, where He is not there. He upholds me with His Spirit and leads and directs me. And if I were to wander away from His guidance, by His grace and mercy, He still watches and cares for me.
It may be a second or more when I attempt to wander away from God, but thanks be to Him that He will never lose me nor forsake me, in spite of my worst efforts.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.