On a recent morning, I drifted back to sleep after unconsciously turning off my 5:00 alarm, leaving my friend to run by herself.  When someone sets their alarm at a ridiculous hour just to run with you and you stand them up, it doesn’t make either of you feel good.  She had already forgiven me by the time I jumped out of bed in a panic, realizing what I’d done.  She’s even continued to set her alarm at 5:00 to meet me.  I know the bigger plan that morning was for her to run alone, but I don’t like letting someone down.  No matter how hard I try to get it right, I know I will let someone down again very soon.  The bad news is no matter how dependable, responsible, and trustworthy our friends are, they aren’t perfect and will make mistakes.  We forgive our friends, they forgive us, and we move on.  But, here’s the awesome news:  God never turns off his alarm or pushes the snooze button.  I’m pretty sure he doesn’t even have those buttons on his alarm.

“. . . and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”  Matthew 28:20

I don’t fully appreciate that scripture.  If I did, I wouldn’t head into any situation with anxiety or fear, I’d be a peaceful person all the time, and I’d recognize more frequently the endless blessings surrounding me.  If you know me, you know I’m not there yet.  When I’m with “my people”, those who I know will accept me despite myself, forgive me for anything, and support me without question, I feel secure and able to conquer most anything.  I know God’s “my people”, providing constant security and support, but because I can’t see him in the traditional sense, I sometimes forget He’s always walking next to me.  Well, now’s the time to stop forgetting.  When I head out alone, I will remind myself He is next to me offering peace, friendship and support.  Although I failed to meet my friend that recent morning, I take comfort in knowing she didn’t run alone.

Dear God, please help me remember you are always with me, offering peace, support and love.