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A New Zealand Christian musician, Jules Riding, wrote a song called The Blessing.  In this song Jules sums up each verse by describing how close God is, “closer to you than breathing.” You can listen to it here.

Sometimes I think and feel that God is very far away and not very close, particularly in the hard times.  It’s easy for my mind to do the logic.  A) If bad things are happening to me or the ones I love, then B) God must be just be busy with someone else, therefore, C) God must be far away. A + B = C.  Simple and logical. Fortunately for me and you, God defies the laws of reason, logic and physics all at the same time.  His ways are not our ways.

One thing I have learnt in my walk with God – that’s such a  cliché, let me let me try that again. One thing I have learnt in my personal and intimate relationship with the Creator of the Universe, the one who flung the stars into space, and the same Creator that lives in my heart and is tinkering away creating stuff is – that He hasn’t gone anywhere. God is closer to me than breathing, it’s me that has left and created the distance. 

While heartache, hard times will always come and go, God is always there right in the middle of it and so close to us.  The challenge is for us to see, feel, and experience the unrelenting love of God that is closer to us than we are to ourselves.

So what about you?  What can you do today to close the gap, to experience the closeness of God?

You don’t have to be in a happy space to do this.  You may be in the middle of some heartache and doing life hard.  Try this – focus on your breathing and also focus on the life behind your breath.  That my friend is our God. He is closer than you think.

Here’s my reflection:

Closer to You Than Breathing

Today I missed your smile
In the sunset of your sky
The dark clouds all rolled in
As day turned into night
 
You’re closer to me than breathing
Closer to me than my heart beat

Through the night time of my dreams
You placed a vision in my mind
Of a burning desire in my heart
To which I had been blind

You’re closer to me than breathing
Closer to me than my heart beat

In the sunrise of my life
Your knew me before I was born
I was wonderfully and fearfully made
Like a brand new day before the dawn

You’re closer to me than breathing
Closer to me than my heart beat

As the sun reaches its zenith
Your love shines down on me
And while the sun is so far away
You’re closer than I can see

You’re closer to me than breathing
Closer to me than my heart beat

For you created my inmost being;   you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  your works are wonderful,  I know that full well.
~ Psalm 139: 13-14

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