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As I lay down in bed the other night, I did my usual thing of scooting over to make room for my little gray cat Caroline. She likes to snuggle up against me and sleep. But then I remembered that I was away from home, and she was not with me. I was actually sad that her soft fur was not near me to provide comfort and a feeling of love.
As I think about making room for Caroline, I think about how important it is for us to always make room for God in our lives — no matter where we are and the circumstances. After all, God can comfort us and give us a sense of love and protection.
The Bible doesn’t specifically talk about our scooting over to give God space in our lives, but it does provide us some scriptures that tell us about how God can protect and comfort us. Here are some examples:
• 1. “When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” — Proverbs 3:24.
• 2. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” — Joshua 1:8-9.
• 3. “The Lord is good to them whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” — Lamentations 3:25.
• 4. “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness be your shield.” — Psalm 91:4.
• 5. “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.” — 1 Chronicles 16:4.
As Christians, we can be assured that we are never alone, since God will be with us wherever we go. We don’t need to leave him at home. We don’t even need to pack him in a suitcase or carry him in a pet crate.
I’ve heard of people who keep an empty chair at their kitchen table, thinking of God sitting there. But we can think of him as always sitting by us or being by our sides!
Donna Crowe is a minister’s wife.