I shared in the sermon Sunday a conversation I had with Will, a recent transplant to Waco. In the last year he uprooted his life from Arkansas. This sparked a number of curious questions on my part: Why did you leave Arkansas? What brought you to Waco?And on and on. Will provided me a great story. He told me about the job he worked for the previous 10 years. His employer hired a young whippersnapper and within a year of working for the new boss, Will was being traded in for a younger, hipper version. He told me, “It was a really difficult time. It was hard not to focus on what was being taken from me.”
Will went on to describe how a friend called him and invited him to Waco. He was able to sell his house in Arkansas in the blink of an eye. He bought a house in Woodway sight unseen. Everything worked out great. Soon after moving to Texas, Will had a lunch meeting that led to a job. He loves the new work. He told me, “I was so focused on what was being taken from me, that I was unable to see what was being provided to me. God was there. God was by my side. God was working.” Ultimately, this is a story about the presence of God.
We all need to be reminded of the presence of God. As Jesus told us in John 14:18, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Thank God for his presence. I encourage you to memorize that simple but profound verse. Whisper it to yourself often.