This weekend, while sitting by the campfire, I spotted a shiny millipede in the grass. It was winding its way to who knows where? As I watched it going wherever it was going with seemingly great purpose, it would sometimes disappear beneath the grass. I would watch for it to pop up in some other place. Sometimes I could see just part of its hard-shelled body. As I observed this tiny creature from my vantage point of the camping chair, I got to thinking that my view of the millipede is a little bit like our view of God. Sometimes we can see Him at work in our lives in obvious, amazing ways. Other times it is not so clear. We are not sure. And then other times, He seems to disappear altogether. No matter how much we pray or read our Bibles, we just don’t have a “feeling” of closeness to Him (I am certainly glad that my salvation does not depend upon my feelings!)
But just like the millipede is always there in the grass, whether I can see him or not, so God is always there. I don’t have to see Him at work or have a particular “feeling”. If I am a true believer, God is with me. Always. God’s Word makes that clear. One example of this is in Psalm 23:4:
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
God is always with us…when we can see Him at work in our lives…and when we can’t.