My wife is one of the most caring people I know. People just naturally turn to her when they are hurting or upset. It’s like there’s a poster hovering over her head saying, “Step right up for sympathy!” My daughters feel the same way. Calling from school,”Momma, I don’t feel good” is the most natural thing to do. The only thing better than hearing Mom on the phone is to have her there in person.
There’s something about Mom’s presence. it says that the world must stop while she focuses on her hurting child, the apple of her eye. Somehow, just knowing that she is there, in person, for them, is enough to make things better. No CPR administered, no stitches sewn, no limbs replaced, but Mom being there makes the hurt take a back seat.
I should know. If I’m hurting, I like to have her around also!
and the angel of his presence saved them. NIV
He didn’t send someone else to help them.
He did it himself, in person. The Message
and he was the Messenger who saved them. Gods Word translation
In all their suffering he also suffered,
and he personally rescued them.(New Living Translation)
Pick your favorite version. God is personally involved in saving you, not just in an eternal sense, but also from your daily crises. Himself, in Person. Don’t you just love that? Never believe what many say, that there may be a God, but He is disinterested and impersonal, not caring or involved in our daily lives. That is the devil’s lie.
“Stop the presses!”, He says. Never mind that Jupiter’s orbit is getting a little ellipsoid. Who cares that the Tree of Life fruit of the month committee will have to start late! God focuses on you. Today. Right here. Right now.
I will tell of the kindnesses of the LORD, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the LORD has done for us— yes, the many good things he has done for the house of Israel, according to his compassion and many kindnesses. He said, “Surely they are my people, sons who will not be false to me”; and so he became their Savior. In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Isaiah 63:7-9 NIV
Take some time right now to tell Him how it feels to be cared for personally.
Father, how can you focus on just me when you have a whole universe to run, when You have armies of angels to command, when You have a devil to fight and our world to save? Why? I don’t understand, only accept. It makes me feel so comforted and safe. Let me speak and act today in a way that reflects You and how you care for Me. Individually and in Person. What a Dad you are!