So what are we going to say about these things?
If God is for us, who is against us? He didn’t spare his own Son but gave him up for us all. Won’t he also freely give us all things with him?
Who will bring a charge against God’s elect people? It is God who acquits them. Who is going to convict them? It is Christ Jesus who died, even more, who was raised, and who also is at God’s right side. It is Christ Jesus who also pleads our case for us.
Who will separate us from Christ’s love? Will we be separated by trouble, or distress, or harassment, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
We are being put to death all day long for your sake.
We are treated like sheep for slaughter.
But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.
[out of breath from chasing Michael] “Wow, you’re fast. I’m glad I caught up to you. I waited 5 hours for you. Why is your coat so big? So, good news — I saw a dog today. Have you seen a dog? You probably have. How was school? Was it fun? Did you get a lot of homework? Huh? Do you have any friends? Do you have a best friend? Does he have a big coat, too?” — Buddy
It is my personal belief that God is with us absolutely everywhere we go. We are taught from a young age that you can never outrun God and there are several examples of people in the Bible who tried. It didn’t work out so well for them. In the quote, Buddy is firing off questions at Michael at the speed of sound simply because he cares about him and genuinely wants to know as much about him as possible. In this same way, I believe God is always right on our heels, tapping gently on our shoulder waiting patiently for us to acknowledge Him. If you’ve seen the movie Elf you know Michael’s response to the bombardment of questions from Buddy is a volatile one. Unlike my previous analogy of Buddy reflecting God in his persistence, we are the ones who bombard God with questions. Our response, however, is sometimes like Michael’s when we don’t get the answers we want. Continuing on with the scene in the movie, even after Michael tells Buddy to go away, Buddy is still quick to be Michael’s wing man in a snowball fight against the school bullies. The good news is, God doesn’t leave our side, even when we tell Him to go away. He’s always there, ready and willing to be our wing man in our snowball fights.
Hey God. Today I pray that we, your people as a whole, will be more aware of You. Open our eyes to see the paths you’ve crafted for each of us; open our hands to praise You for Your guidance thus far; and open our hearts to be more accepting of all Your answers. Your ways will always be better than our own. Amen.