Where Are You?
As we enter 2018 — a new year, a new chapter in our lives — what are we hoping to find? Maybe the first question to ask ourselves is, “Where do I find myself right now?” When God calls out to Adam and Eve in the garden, he asks, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). The response is one of fear and shame. Adam says, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” Adam was afraid to be known by God — for God to know what he had done.
We are not unlike Adam. In fact, we are very much like Adam and Eve, not wanting God to find us. Not wanting God to know what we’ve been up to. But God does know and God wants to find us, and even more, God wants us to tell Him where we are. God knows where we are. God knows where we are in our relationships. God knows where we are in our thought life. God knows where we are in our desires and our hurts. God knows and God cares. God wants to enter those places with God’s love and peace and presence.
As we step into a new year, we have an opportunity to lay it all down. To let the God who has leaned in, who has entered our world to come hang out with us, let this God hear it all from us.
May we be like Samuel when the Lord called out to him and he responded, “Here I am!” And when the Lord called out to him again, Samuel’s response was, “Here I am!” And when the Lord called out to Samuel a third time, his response was, “Here I am!” And finally when Eli realized it was the Lord who had been calling Samuel, he told Samuel to respond with, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” And the Lord called to Samuel again and Samuel’s response was, “Speak, for your servant hears.”
Where are you?
Here I am!
by KC DiNardo