“All of Mount Sinai was covered with smoke because the Lord had descended on it in the form of fire… The Lord came down on the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses climbed the mountain.” — Exodus 19:18 & 20 

Recently I found a spider bite on my toddlers back. It wasn’t dangerous and it healed up pretty fast. But I have to be honest, I felt a twinge of guilt at the fact that he even got it in the first place. I’m his grown up! I am supposed to protect him from the things that he doesn’t know are harmful. I was wishing I had been there to see the spider before it got to him so that I may have done my job correctly. I would have greeted it as I do 99% of spiders- with my shoe! 

The truth is though I take joy in keeping my son safe, I cannot be eyes-on and hands-on every second of every minute of every hour of every day. Not only because that sounds exhausting, but because it’s just not realistic. 

Sometimes I watch him play at the park and he falls, but he gets up and learns to watch his step. The time he got too hyper at the beach and choked on water, he got up and learned how to take on a wave. And while I wish I could always intervene, he gets smarter and stronger with each mishap. 

And the truth is that I’m never far away. 

How many precious days of life have I wasted being frustrated at God for not intervening when I know good and well He could have. I have to stop and remind myself that God sees far much more than I do. He’s not going to manipulate my trails to please me. 

It’s because He sees what’s coming, and He knows the exact fruit that each season is going to produce in me. He see’s all that potential in us and He calls it good. 

He may not stop every storm, but He is never far away. 

I may not feel Him working all the time, but He is never far away.