My son asked me "How do I know God is there?" What a tricky question to answer. I remembered this story from Exodus, one of my favorite as a child. God gave the Israelites tangible ways to see Him and know he was with them all the time. Sometimes the signs are not as obvious as a torch or a cloud, but if we are paying close attention, He gives us lots of ways to know He is with us. Often, those ways are through our neighbors and family.
Read Exodus 13:20-22.
I’m sure you have heard it said that God is with us all the time. I feel His presence and talk to Him throughout my day, but it’s not the same as having Him sit here right in front of me, is it? But what if He were sitting right with us? I mean right here in front of us. What do you think He would look like? What would He sound like? What do you think He would say?
One of my favorite stories from the Old Testament, when I was a kid was the story of the Israelites traveling in the desert, after they escaped from Egypt. God traveled along with them. “By day, the Lord went ahead of them as a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light.” I always thought that would be awesome to be able to see God traveling with me as either a pillar of cloud or fire, depending on what time of day it was. The Israelites could travel in the day and the night and He would talk to them from that pillar. I wished that could happen to me too.
God is so much more complex than we are, it’s hard to picture Him - but if I were to imagine God, I would say He looks like this and this and over there and up here [As you say this, point to different children and then members of the congregation and the pastor and worship team.] Even when God can’t be with us in person, He made it clear how much He cares for us, when He made everyone of our friends and family and neighbors, to be with us all the time.
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for being with us all the time. Help us to feel your presence and to understand your guidance as we go about all we do. In your name we pray, Amen.