"Little By Little"
September 9, 2010
Whither shall I go from Thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:7-10
For four months they looked for Billie Jean, wife of Bill James.
To find her, family and friends had searched the desert on foot, horseback, and while riding all-terrain machinery.
The concerned family created a Facebook page; they used helicopters, offered a $10,000 reward, and bought space on a number of roadside billboards.
Billie Jean has been found. Amazingly, her husband found his wife's corpse at her own home. He spotted her when he saw her feet sticking out from a massive pile of hoarded things. You see, Billie Jean was the kind of individual who had a consuming desire to buy and keep stuff -- all kinds of stuff, an overwhelming amount of stuff. There was so much stuff even the search dogs couldn't locate her. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.
Now here's the wonderful part. Even though Bill James didn't know where his wife was, even though the sensitive noses of the dogs came up blank, and even though door-to-door searches turned up nothing, Somebody knew where Billie Jean was.
Read the passage above. It clearly says there is nowhere a sinner can go to escape God. He who created the universe is able to keep track of all of us all the time.
For the unforgiven sinner the news that God can see their wrongdoing is frightening.
For the sinner who has been washed of his transgressions by the Savior's blood, the knowledge that God is with Him provides tremendous comfort.
It truly is my hope and prayer that you are part of that second group. I pray the Lord knows you as one of His forgiven and saved children. I pray you have Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord.
If you do -- no amount of stuff can ever harm you. Not really. Not for eternity.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, as one of Your forgiven children I give thanks for Your ongoing presence in my life. Let me rejoice that no matter what "stuff" may come my way, You shall be by my side, doing what is right and best for me. In Jesus' Name I pray it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries