Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel (which means God with us). ~Matthew 1:23
What a promise! And more than just a promise, what a statement of who God is! He is Immanuel! That is his name! Thus, he is the God who just can't stay away. He is God with us! In the midst of our deepest darkness, he is with us. In the midst of our most desperate loneliness, he is with us. In the midst of our most unimaginable pain, he is with us. When our hearts have been broken beyond repair, he is with us. When we have made a total mess of our lives, he is with us. When tragedy strikes, he is with us. When we are lost, left, or abandoned, he is with us. At the times we feel most unlovable and ashamed, he is with us. When we feel like complete and utter failures, he is with us. When we feel like all hope is lost, he is with us. When we feel completely broken and inept, he is with us. When we are terrified of what lies before us, he is with us. When we are uncertain about our futures, he is with us. And even when life seems to be going "just fine thank you," he is with us even then. In fact, the Psalms (Psalm 139:7-12) tell us that there is nowhere we can go where he is not with us. Just open your eyes and your ears, he is there. Somewhere. Even if he is there in a way--or a place, or a form--that you didn't expect. He is with us! It's just who he is. Thanks be to God.
I'd love to hear your stories of how you are recognizing God to be with you these days. Leave your comments so all of us can celebrate Immanuel.