“She’s not coming back, is she.”
It was formed as a question but was delivered as a declarative realization.
“No sir. She’s not. Not this time.”
It was then that his best friend said something that would change his life.
“She will be absent from your life, as you know it now. However, as difficult as this may be to accept, the absence of one does not negate the presence of another…God.”
When we lose someone in our life, regardless of the circumstance, it is imperative that we transition from absence to presence.
Their absence. His presence.
The void you may be feeling by their absence can be filled by His presence.
You certainly have the option to sit today in sorrow, and maybe that is needed, or you can look for the joy in tomorrow.
How do we invoke and invite into our life the presence of God?
First, delete the dictionary of religious and spiritual jargon that may be lodged in your head.
You won’t need it.
Then talk to God as you would someone dear to you.
He wants to be just that.
You do not have to introduce yourself.
He already knows who you are.
You do not have to call Him by any of His many names.
Just talk to Him.
God is a great listener.
He knows everything about everything and He wants to talk with you about everything… and anything that is going on in your life.
Someone said to me once, after I had been called upon to pray in a public setting, “That was a sweet and awesome prayer.”
I responded, “I was talking to a sweet and awesome God.”
Tell God your deepest feelings regarding the absence of the person no longer in your life.
You will not surprise or shock Him.
God loves the honesty of the heart.
You will find that where you thought the absence of that one person could not be filled by anything else, that the presence of God will cause you to desire the absence of everything else…
…except His presence.
“You have let me experience the joys of life and the exquisite pleasures of your own eternal presence.” Psalm 16:11