And I in You
Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
~ John 14:19-20
On my recent vacation, a cruise, a woman I met told me a story about her Irish grandmother, who had emigrated to America to work as a schoolteacher. She wasn't well to do, at all, and had to save for years to afford a steamship ticket to visit her family in Galway. And when she had saved enough, it seems she did not have enough money left over to buy meals. So, she packed what food was then available in inexpensive ready-to-eat form, primarily boxes of crackers.
After a few days at sea, the captain asked her how she was enjoying the food. She told him the truth — she couldn't afford to buy meals and had eaten mostly crackers. “My dear lady,” he replied with great concern, “the cost of the meals is included in your fare.”
How many people do you suppose there are, who do not realize that Christianity is run on the “American Plan”? When you take Christ into your heart, the Holy Spirit comes as a bonus. You are indwelled by the Spirit, whether you know it or not, and whether you take advantage of it or not.
And what a difference it makes. It is the difference between having a belief, and having a friend. A friend who is powerful and wise, and will talk to you any hour of the day or night; who will forgive you for anything you do, if you're sorry for it and promise to try not to repeat it. A friend who will listen to every word you have to say without yawning or looking at his watch, or wanting to tell you about his cousin who had the same problem.
So when you pray to your Father in heaven, realize that for God, space and time do not operate. He will be in heaven but He will be with you, inside you, in front of you, even surrounding you as a shield against evil. He will always come to you to comfort and guide you. Never forget this, when you pray; you are not praying to someone far, far away, but to someone who has come to live with you.
Holy God, thank you for the gift of your Spirit, and remind me always to bring my troubles to Him. Amen.
~ Mason Barge
Editor, Daily Prayer