The God of  "Now"

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From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.  Psalm 113:3

I have this tendency to compartmentalize God.  Sundays (in my religious belief - I know that some of you celebrate a Sabbath Saturday), are God's days.  I have my prayer time, Scripture reading time, etc.  Then there are those  times when I come to God, mostly when things are going wrong.

I am learning, as the Psalmist states, God is not something we can compartmentalize.  

It's hard for me to do an hour-by-hour, minute-by-mintue walk with God.  So often I go trouncing out into this world on my own.  Most often, I don't even realize it is happening.

Yet, that is changing.

I guess, as I have written before, my illnesses and challenges are an ever-present reminder of my need for God.  And, as I recognize that need, I grow closer to Him.

In a way, it reminds me of Paul and his "thorn in the flesh."

Paul prayed three times for God to remove it and God chose not to.  It was to be a reminder for Paul not to become prideful given his position.

I see my "thorns in the flesh" to be my continual reminders of my need to look to God.  I guess it's kind of sad that it takes that pain to do so.  I wish I was at the place where every moment of every day was a joyful reminder of God, pain or no pain.

Yet, I believe we must make the most of what we have.  I had a friend who used to say that we have to "play the hand we are dealt."  This life of chronic challenges is the hand I was dealt, for whatever reason.

And I choose to put a positive spin on it.  Each trial, each illness, each circumstance eventually leads to the foot of the cross.  

God isn't God just for Sundays.  God isn't God just for my prayer time.  God isn't God only when I pick up my Bible.

God is God right now.

We can find God in each and every moment of our lives.

We need only look.

Father God, Thank you that You are ever present.  Help us to be aware, that as we go through our day, that you are with us each and every moment, and only a prayer away.  Amen and amen.

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