The other morning, one of my employees delivered several cases to me and as she turned to leave my office, she hesitated and asked me, “Why don’t you wear your glasses when you are looking at your microscope? Don’t you need them to see?”
“Good question!” I replied. “When I first began my pathology training, many years ago, I had contact lenses. I was used to placing my eyes very close to the microscope eyepieces. However, a few years ago, I needed to wear glasses for reading and distance. When I attempted to use the microscope, I found the glasses separated my eyes from the microscope objectives. It was only a few millimeters but that distance bothered me so much that it hindered my diagnostic ability. So, I continued to use my microscope without my glasses. I can see because I adjust the microscope focus to compensate for my weak eyes.”
I reflected upon my explanation. It is only a few millimeters but this distance prevents me from performing my job with peak efficiency. Sometimes close is not close enough. What about my spiritual relationship with God? The Bible has numerous comforting verses about the nearness and closeness of God to the seeking believer. How does one get close to the Creator of the entire universe?
Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…
James 4:8 (ESV)
If we seek God’s presence and blessings, all we need to do is draw near to Him. How do we do this? If we confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we will immediately be filled with the presence of God, the Holy Spirit. If we allow the Holy Spirit to work within our lives, God will draw near. God is always close to us and we should seek to always be in His presence because this is why we were created.
With God, close is never close enough!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.