ETERNITY MATTERS: WHEREVER YOU ARE, GOD IS THERE!

By Norma Shull Smith

February 1st, on what would have been my 55th wedding anniversary, at around 9:00 p.m., my phone rang. My firstborn daughter and her husband had me on facetime as they told me I would be coming to California for her birthday in April. (Now I had contemplated that date, as well as a couple of others, but had not made up my mind when I planned to go.) Suddenly, I am hearing words that made the decision for me. “You are coming in April, because we have already purchased your tickets to fly with us to England, Austria and Italy!” Now, I’m not sure what facial reaction I had, as this was truly, a caught off guard moment, but I know it had to have a mixture of surprise, happiness, shock and fear all rolled into one. They didn’t ask me if I wanted to go, they told me I was going. Now anyone who knows me personally, knows I am not a frequent flyer or a world traveler by any means, and I have never had the desire to leave the good ole’ U.S.A. If you know me, you also know I have a very dysfunctional nervous system, and the news sent my jitters into overdrive.
After the initial shock began to leave, I prayed and began to look up every scripture in the Bible on anxiety and fear. My daughter even found this cool song that has hit the charts called, “Fear You Don’t Own Me,” by Francesca Battistelli. I typed out the lyrics and began to sing it daily. As I sit here in March before the trip, writing the May column, I know that if I believe God is Who He says He is, that I need to give my nervous condition to God, because after all, the battle isn’t mine, it belongs to the Lord.
Whether I am in my home, riding in a car, plane or train, whether I am local, stateside or abroad, God promises that He is as close to us as our lips. I find it rather interesting that in Deuteronomy Chapter 30 verses 12 -14 we are told that we don’t have to ascend into heaven to reach God, and we don’t have to cross the sea to get God’s word, but that it is VERY NEAR YOU, in your mouth and in your heart, so that we can obey it.
In other words, when we allow God into our spirits, into our hearts and minds, wherever we are, God is there! What a peaceful and comforting scripture. Most likely you who read this have nerves of steel, but regardless, we all have something that we need to hear some reassurance, be it that semester final exam, loss of employment, failed relationship, terminal diagnosis. Whatever we are facing, if we include God in our struggles, be assured, He is as close as your lips!! All you have to do is mention His name and He is there!!
Eternity Matters!

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