This is something I hear and say every day at the Olive Garden. When I am carrying a tray of pasta, salad, and bread sticks, I need to let people know that I am walking through the dining room. They do the same for me as well. We all let each other know that we are literally, right behind when we shout out, “Behind!”
Saying “Behind” serves a purpose. It lets the hearer know that they have someone directly behind them. We don’t have eyes on the back of our heads so this is a good thing. Now, I am aware of the presence of that person.
Trust me, it is no fun when a 15 or 20 pound tray of food crashes to the ground because someone was not watching what was happening around them!
The Word – Near
The Worth – God is near. Near to me and near to you.
The Bible is filled with examples of how God has chosen to be near His people from the very beginning.
Genesis – He walked with Adam and Eve
Exodus – He gave Moses blueprints for a tabernacle to be built.
The Prophets in the Old Testament – They spoke the message that God desired relationship with His people.
The Gospels – Jesus being born as a baby. Immanuel means “God with us”.
Acts and the New Testament – The Holy Spirit is given to all who seek Him. The authors describe how we can have a relationship with God.
Revelation – God will take His children to be with Him.
All because He loves us. And He is near to us because of that love. All through time, God has proven His love because He keeps making arrangements to be near us. We can’t get away from Him! Even if we tried, there is nothing that can separate us from His love.
See Romans 8 for a deeper look on this idea.
How is it that we can be so distracted that we miss the fact the He is near?
The Work – As for the practical application of this blog…it really seems simple.
In a word, relationship. God wants a relationship with us and He has taken the first step to be near to us. God is doing this so we would be aware of His presence.
But what then, is our part?
Look for Him. Take the time out of your day and look, listen, search, and seek out this one who loves you so much. The bible says that if you seek, you will find.
After all, He is near you saying “Behind!”