God is Here

Scripture reading

And lo, I will be with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.

–Matthew 28:20

Thought of the Day

I am just going to have to sit down and have a little heart to heart with my doctor. I am going to be honest with him and I want him to be honest with me. As I sat in the examination room this morning I thought I was going to go crazy. All I had to read in there was a parenting magazine, (as if I was going to read it!), a doctor’s magazine about tax shelters and investments, and a copy of Scientific American magazine. I grabbed the Scientific American. Most of the articles were way beyond me, but I did find one that was kind of interesting. It was about babies and how they learn that unseen toys don’t just vanish. If you hide a toy under a blanket, babies under about seven months don’t reach for it, which suggests that they have not grasped object permanence, the idea those things continue to exist when out of sight. Psychologist Yuko Manakata has proposed that knowledge or understanding develops over time. She writes, “It’s not like babies have this aha! insight one day, it’s a gradual understanding.” Studies do show that over time, babies learn to grab the blanket or blankee to move it to find the toy. (I added the blankee. Psychologists used the more formal term, blanket.)

I agree that knowledge and understanding develops over time. In fact, I am not sure that is a cutting edge new thought or theory. I hope that you have grasped object permanence by now. I am not talking about you finding your toy under your blankee or the TV remote under the cushions. I am talking about Jesus the Christ. Know that He continues to exist even when He seems out of sight. Know that He is with you always no matter what. Know that He loves you.

p.s. By the way, I apologize to the next person trying to read the Scientific American in my doctor’s examination room. I tore out page twenty to take with me.

Prayer

Lord, Reveal Yourself to those who need to see You the most right now. Amen.

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