Showing Up

Come and go. Push and pull. I am inconsistent with God. I pray a lot but don’t read the Bible as much as I wish I did. I have sweet times of communion with Jesus, and then I get distracted by Facebook or daily struggles. I try to always say “yes” to the Holy Spirit, but sometimes I wrap myself up so deeply in work or distractions that I forget to listen for his voice. “… for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want” (Romans 7:18b-19).

Unlike me, God always shows up. He is present. He cares for and loves us. “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Heb. 13:5b).

I am so thankful for God, who loves me no matter what, always welcomes me, wants what’s best for me, and sustains me. He delights in me—astounding! He brings songs to mind to turn my thoughts toward him. He corrects my errant ways lovingly and brings me joy in his presence. He promises to be there for us—if we seek him, we will find him.

It is such a big deal for people to show up for us, and God showed up as a baby and as the perfect redeemer of the world, our rock and our hope. We needed him, and he came. He always does. He keeps seeking us out in love and gentleness. He’s on the move, too; he comes to us and invites us into the work he’s doing. His goodness and exuberance for doing good make me want to join in the effort wholeheartedly. I have this picture in my mind of linking arms with a huge diversity of people to do good in Jesus’ name. May we show up, too, and let God keep teaching us to show up like he always will.

Doug Serven