You can't hide even in college.
My daughter and I took a trip this week to visit one of the colleges she wants to attend. I expected it to be a normal day on a typical college campus with all the typical things that college kids are into. Bad food, good coffee, textbooks, computers, sweatshirts, sore feet; these were some things I fully expected to see and experience during the visit.
I'm embarrassed to say though that my expectations didn't include God. It's not that I didn't think Christians wouldn't be there - I knew they were there, just like on every college campus. It's just that I just didn't expect to encounter God. Sure enough though, right at the end of the escalator coming out of the parking garage was a table with a one young lady with a simple sign that read "Can we pray for you?" That simple sign put together by a faithful student was a great reminder.
I was reminded of Psalm 24, that “the earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it”. As the psalmist found, God's presence wasn't limited to Jerusalem and Judah; but God was present in the heart of Babylon. God is present where God's people are. This was a hard concept for the exiles, who knew of God only being fully present in the temple in Jerusalem. Now God was calling them to understand that they were living in God's presence without the temple and far removed from the "Holy City".
College campuses, and our office for that matter, may feel like a sort of exile today...far from God. We know God is present in the church, among his followers. But in the University? In the workplace? They often feel far removed from a spiritual place because they usually have a mission very different from God's mission. We usually don't expect to find God's presence there; but right there working alongside both believers and nonbelievers, we find God at work. In fact, God is always at work, seeking to reveal himself to those who will recognize him.
Go to work or go to scho0l, work hard and live well; don't be surprised if you find God at the bottom of the stairs, he's been waiting for you to get there.
6/2014-2/2017 Pastor Gary Priddy