Closer than I Realize

Surely, this commandment that I am commanding you today is not too hard for you, nor is it too far away.
Deuteronomy 30:11 (NRSV)

There were often times when the girls were quite small that I would quietly be present observing and watching over them. They were oblivious to my presence, their attention drawn to shiny things, new things, and the struggle to stand and walk. Their eyes and hearts were fixed on the exploration of the world that existed just 0-24 inches from the ground. There I hovered, quietly watching and wordlessly removing dangerous objects from their path before they got there. I was intent on their growth, their maturity, and their well-being. In the moment, they had no idea.

I remember the early days of my faith journey. I had decided to follow Jesus and it all seemed so new and unexpected. At the same time, I began to look back with unveiled eyes and to realize all of the ways that my Heavenly Father had been there all along. I could, in retrospect, see how things had been ordered to bring me to this place without my even knowing it.

In today’s chapter, Moses reminds God’s people that the things of God are “not too hard” nor are they “too far away.” So often I, like a small child, allow my eyes and heart to be captivated by shiny things, new things, and those things which exists just 0-72 inches from the ground. My Heavenly Father, crowded out of my vision and consciousness, is ever-present and intent upon my protection, my growth, and my maturity, even when I am oblivious in the moment.

Today, I am thankful that God, and all that God has to offer, is closer and more easily accessible than I perceive or believe in the moment.

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One thought on “Closer than I Realize”

  1. 14 No, the word is very near to you; it is in your mouth and in your heart for you to observe.

    The verses prior to this speak of how far away the Word could be, up in heaven or across the seas, yet the reminder that the Word is so close….what a treasure. It is something we can touch regularly, but we have to choose to do that. I apologize that my travel schedule so easily gets me off track with my daily reading. The older I get, the more I understand that I am a creature of habit and how schedule changes throw me into chaos, disrupting my discipline in multiple areas of my life. I am trying to wrap my mind around how to accommodate that…on the outside it seems so simple…wake up a bit earlier, carve out this or that time..and yet I struggle to do that. God, thank you for showing up again today, right where I needed you.

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