God is present.
It is a simple statement, just three little words. Yet for me these are the operative words which inspire devotion, soothe trauma, motivate me toward good, enable me to resist temptation, give me courage to carry on in the face of difficulties.
Sometimes I ask myself what I would do if Jesus Christ walked into the room where I am right now. It is a simple question and a simple thought, yet over the years I have found this to be the one thought that brings things into perspective. After all, the thought of Christ being right here is not an imaginary exercise. It is reality. God is present. He is here.
If Jesus suddenly appeared to me in the flesh, right this minute, what would happen? Would I be concerned with what others around were thinking of me? ...or would I fall on my face in utter self-forgetfulness. Would this sudden appearance change any of the behaviors in which I am presently engaged? Would such a stark encounter with Reality alter my worries, my priorities, my thoughts?
It is a worthy subject for meditation, for it is not an imaginary exercise. It is allowing myself to realize the Truth that God is present. It is reality.
God is here.