Our experience as God’s community of faith should be just the opposite however. God, the greatest communicator has spoken to us. He has called our names. He has visited us. He remains with us and in us because of the Holy Spirit.
Are we aware of God’s living presence in our lives? Do we live in such a way that those who are close to us may feel God’s presence through us? Do we pick up the phone to talk with the friend or family member we’ve been thinking about, wondering about, praying for? Do we check on and visit those who cannot leave their homes? Because Jesus lives in and through us, God visits when we visit.
Jesus says, "I will not abandon you as orphans" (John 14:18 NET). It is overwhelming at times to see the devastation in our land from recent tornadoes and flooding. People have lost their homes and belongings and family members and friends. There was a remarkable story of survival that was highlighted on the news the other night. In Joplin, MO, during the tornado a mother and her infant were shopping at the Walmart which was destroyed by the tornado. While the building was being ripped apart, the mother and her baby were separated. Out of nowhere came a stranger who shielded the baby with his own body. Miraculously mother, baby, and the stranger all survived. It was amazing that in the midst of the surrounding destruction, this little baby lived.