You are uniquely created, formed, gifted and purposed. You have a calling no one else can fulfill. When you’re being you, we can see God’s image expressed through your actions and presence.
This week, we’re reflecting on Jehovah Shammah. The thing is, we experience the God who is there most clearly when we experience people being there with us. We are God’s ambassadors, representatives, his Spirit clothed in our humanness. What an amazing thing, isn’t it?
My Jehovah Shammah Images
I loved this meditation. I thought of God’s presence in so many different places. I thought, I could find a hundred pictures, and never come to the end of God’s presence. That felt so encouraging, hopeful, solid.
Years ago, a young woman came to work in Afghanistan for a summer. When she arrived, she confessed to inadequacy. She was afraid she was wasting a lot of time and money. By the end of the summer, she understood why she was there. God gave her the privilege of being present with a beautiful group of Afghan girls.
The young men couldn’t be present with those girls. I couldn’t have been either. Only she, our young American woman, could be present with those girls. I think God brought her all the way to Afghanistan just for them.
And here’s the thing, our young visitor had such a wonderful time just being herself WITH those Afghan girls.
God is WITH us. Crazy, isn’t it? He loves us so much he chooses to be WITH us. He invites us to be WITH him and WITH very particularly people he’s chosen to put into our lives.
You are present WITH some very special people. God has chosen you for them and them for you. Not for a cardboard cutout of you, or a plastic mannequin of you. Not for a fake you, carefully designed to please or disturb. God chose YOU to be WITH people he loves.
Ah, may you be fully you WITH those whom God has placed in your life.
- How are you really you WITH the people God has placed in your life?
- In what ways are you tempted to not be you?
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