Echoes From the Campfire

Twilight fell.  The stars came out white and clear.  Night cloaked the valley with dark shadows and the hills with its obscurity.  The blue vault overhead deepened and darkened.  The hunter patrolled his beat, and hours were moments to him.  He heard the low hum of the insects, the murmur of running water, the rustle of the wind.  A coyote cut the keen air with high-keyed, staccato cry.  The owls hooted, with dismal and weird plaint, one to the other.  Then a wolf mourned.  But these sounds only accentuated the loneliness and wildness of the silent night.”
              –Zane Grey  (The Mysterious Rider)

    “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” 
              –John 10:28-29 (NKJV)
Trust me–God is everywhere.  He is with you in each and every circumstance.  The uncertainties of life become certain because He is there with you through them.  We may know the theology that God is omnipresent, but do we sincerely practice it?  I trust that you have a morning devotion and prayer time, however, throughout the day you should revisit them.  Yes, while at work, while traveling, while doing the untold chores of the day, take time to revisit the Lord for He is there.
    David understood this and refers to it in many Psalms, such as 73:23, “Nevertheless I am continually with You; You hold me by my right hand.” (NKJV) and Psalm 16:8, “I have set the Lord always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.” (NKJV)  There may be a crowd around you, yet you can engage in a solitary thought.  You may have someone at your desk, yet you can lean back and contemplate this thought quickly.  Someone has said that we ought to make a “chapel in our soul” so that at a moment’s notice we can make a quick visit.  We cannot be too busy to turn aside to God for a moment.
    Francis de Sales states, “If we become familiar with close, private exchanges with God, the thoughts of our mind will become more beautiful.  This is not at all hard to do.  You can do it anytime and anywhere.  It is not inconvenient even for the busiest person.  This little turning aside spiritually is but a moment of relaxation.  Instead of interrupting our work, it will help us to work more productively.  It is like taking a little refreshment during a journey.  Far from interfering with progress, it energizes us.  A little rest, and then we can travel better.”
    Use the things around you to reflect upon.  Become familiar with the Scriptures for they are there to help us along the way.  I was watching the bluejays and cardinals searching for food along the ground yesterday morning.  The thought was there that the even the sparrow has a home (Ps 84:3) and that not one of them falls to the ground without the Father wills (Matthew
10:29).  Let the Holy Spirit quicken your mind.
    God is there, right there where you are, meet with Him.