God is Omnipresent

Present at
all places at all times – 
By Elise Daly Parker
Where can I
go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are
there.
 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10
When my
firstborn started looking at colleges, she was clear about two main must-haves.
The school had to have a strong theater department, if not an actual College of
Fine Arts. And the school had to have a strong Hospitality Management program.
This narrowed down the list of possible schools, which was mostly a good thing.
There are so many terrific options that can make it so hard to determine which
colleges to apply to.
However, my daughter’s requirements also
meant that a Christian school was not in the running.
This
concerned me…a lot! My Moms in Prayer sisters can testify to that. I was
already grieving about my daughter’s departure. In fact, pretty much every week
our little group shed a tear or two. A few of us were preparing to “release”
our kids to college and the unknowns of their future lives away from the
safety, security, shelter of our homes.
I confess, I was worried.
My
17-year-old daughter was a very capable, smart, and aware young woman. We had
remained close and for the most part enjoyed each other’s company. (Don’t get
me wrong, she was intent on separating and did her share of rejecting me.) She
had been a “good girl” throughout high school. She had made mostly wise choices
and I trusted her discernment. Her faith seemed solid.
But let’s face it. We’re talking college
here.
A place
where my daughter would be in an environment that I knew provided plenty of
opportunities to party. She’d make friends and be influenced by people I
wouldn’t know and might not ever meet. And then there was the college
liberalism—opinions, ideas, thinking, philosophies foreign to me and all we had
taught my daughter.
I felt just
as I had when I waved goodbye to her the first time she set out on the big
yellow school bus clear across town to PreK…I felt like I was feeding her to
the wolves!
So what was a worrying mama to do?
What could I
do about this lack of control I had over my daughter’s day-to-day life once she
left our home? Well, I could stay up nights wondering, worrying how my precious
child was. I could try to force her to be in touch with me constantly, using
manipulative tactics like, I don’t know, withholding money? I could move to a
neighborhood right by her new location.
The temptation to be a hover mother was
great.
But then,
one day, we gathered for our usual Moms in Prayer weekly meeting. The attribute
of God we had chosen for the week was, “God Is Omnipresent—Present at all
places at all times.”
As we
praised God using several scriptures, I was taken aback in awe of God’s
goodness. He spoke so deeply to my fearful heart through His powerful Word that
day. I was overcome as tears of gratitude and relief ran down my cheeks.
The Lord would be with my daughter wherever
she went!
My daughter
has now graduated from college. She lives on her own in a big city. And the
same thing is true today that was true that day many years ago—God is with my
daughter wherever she goes. And He’s with your children, near or far, young or
old, in good times and bad ALWAYS!
Do you
believe God is everywhere? Present at all places at all times? How has He
assured you of His Presence?
Elise Daly
Parker
 has been a Moms in Prayer leader for more than 20 years. She has been married for 29 years and is a praying
mom to four mostly grown girls, and one brand-new granddaughter. She is the
Founder of Circles of Faith, a writer, editor, writing coach, and blogger. She
believes we all have stories that matter–big life bios and small meaningful
moments. Elise believes our stories are a reflection of God’s glory and are
meant to be shared. They have the power to inform, reform, and transform. She
loves God, family, friends…and really likes travel!

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