Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. Psalm 139:7-12
Psalm 139 is one of my favorite Bible verses because it reminds me that God is everywhere and all around me. I can't hide from Him, therefore I have no other choice but to face Him with all of my flaws and accept that He loves me anyway. And I don't want to miss out on an opportunity to see God in something just because I think the package it comes in or its messenger is "bad". At the same time I would not want to put any stumbling blocks in anyone else's way if they feel the need to avoid certain things for whatever reason. My previous posts were about finding God in movies and stories, it doesn't just stop there for me, I find Him in music- all kinds of music, in nature, in science and technology, in other people, in things created by people because, afterall, didn't God give people the ability to create? I guess I tend to want to give the benefit of the doubt to things (or people) that others say are "bad" and find good in them if I can. I want to believe that all people on this earth have both a devil and an angel on each shoulder like the classic cartoons and although they many times listen to the devil, that sometimes they listen to the angel too and do something good. I guess I like looking at people as either "saved" and "not saved yet" rather than "unsaved". I have to believe that just like Jesus pursued me He is pursuing everyone else as well.
Every single human on this planet is on the same journey and we will all face our creator at the end of that journey one way or the other. Just because someone chooses not to believe doesn't change that end. It's like a baby playing peekaboo with their parent just because the baby's eyes are closed doesn't mean the parent can't see them. So choosing to close our eyes to God doesn't change the fact that He still sees us. Also, we can't hide from Him, even if we think we're putting Him in a box while we go do something we probably shouldn't be doing- it doesn't work that way. He is everywhere and once we start to accept that it's easier to see just how big He really is. I like the quote "stop telling God how big your problems are and start telling your problems how big your God is". It seems like when we overestimate our fears, anxieties, and the evil in this world it often leads to underestimating God and His power, grace, and mercy.
The title to this post is actually from the lyrics of an Aerosmith song "I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing", it seemed most fitting.