I was listening to Jeremy Camp in my car today on the way to work and heard one of my favorite songs, Right Here. The music and lyrics of this song always make me smile and give me strength for the day. The first verse and chorus are:
All the world is watching
all the world does care
Even when the world weighs on my shoulder now
these feelings I can bear
Because I know, that
everywhere I go I know
You’re not far away
You’re right here,
You’re right here
Lately the world has been weighing on my shoulders, on a number of fronts. And it will continue to do so on some of those fronts for the foreseeable future. When the troubles of this day and this week are over, new ones will surely come. I can relate to the last verse of Right Here:
The many times that I have felt alone
the many times that I have felt the world was
crashing down upon me
You always stood here by my side
You were always there
I know that I can make it through whatever comes because He is not far away, He is right here. Jesus told his disciples, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20. I know that He meant this truth for me and you as well. Five times the Bible says that God will never leave us nor forsake us. See Hebrews 13:5. That’s a promise I have seen Him fulfill and that I trust wholeheartedly!
Awhile back, a friend sent me a video clip called “Dog and God” that was set to an original song. It is about the similarities between dogs and God. One line that really struck me was, “They would stay with me all day, I’m the one who walks away.” God is always there; we cannot truly walk away from Him. But how often do we ignore that He is there, effectively walking away from the comfort and blessings He wants to provide? When life seems too hard, is it because we have forgotten that God is our strength?
Today I am thankful that my life, though difficult at times, is not too hard, because everywhere I go God is not far away. He is right here. Don’t forget He is right there for you, too.