(Thanks to my sister for the inspiration for this Powder Room.)
Twenty-three years ago, when I was pregnant with my youngest daughter, Emmie, I was going through a particularly stressful time at work. I had been moved to a shift I was not used to working, and with co-workers I had never worked with before.
I was so tempted to feel alone. But I was not alone, because everywhere I went, Emmie went with me and I took great solace in that. It was as if I had a secret friend with me everywhere. . .a silent partner.
Other than the occasional kick, Emmie really didn't and couldn't communicate with me, but I knew she was there. Sometimes I would talk to her, (I talked to all my babies before they were born) but even if I didn't, I knew she was on my team.
As Christians, we always have that "silent partner." The Lord is always on our team. He is for us. And there is no place we can ever go that we will be apart from Him.
The Apostle Paul spoke of this great union as the hope of glory:
"To whom God would make known what the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" Colossians 1:27.
He also said that when we trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, His Holy Spirit comes to live within us, ". . .because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us" (Romans 5:5.)
In fact, Paul tells the Corinthians that when the Holy Spirit comes to reside in our hearts, we become "one spirit." "But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit," (1 Corinthians 6:17.) Of course, we do not become God, anymore than a man and woman joined in marriage as "one flesh" become each other. But God forever resides in us.
What a great comfort, what source of peace and joy to know there is never a place where He will not be with us. He will always be wherever we are, always available, always loving and always residing in our hearts.
conversation without covetousness;
content with such things as ye have:
for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee."