I am tired. I have a case of the summer blahs. Ever since the we returned from the Mission Trip, it has been difficult to be excited about things. Don't get me wrong, the trip was great, but there is a let down when you get back. It has been a lot of work to feel up to ministry, and even spending time with God. Right now, it is more of a duty than a product of a passionate relationship between me and God.
I think it is during the summer blahs where we have to put feet on our faith. On the mission trip, God's presence was palpable. You could feel it. Now that we are back, it is a different environment, and God's presence doesn't feel as near...BUT, I know that God is still right beside me, walking with me.
Growing up as a teenager, I had some really awesome Camp and Retreat experiences, and I struggled the years where God's presence wasn't like the year before, or I didn't percieve it to be as strong. It took me awhile to learn that God is faithful and still working in my life.
I believe that is key when we follow God. There are going to be mountaintop experiences where God's presence just knocks our socks off. There are going to be other times when we desire our socks to be knocked off, but God's presence will be gentle, subtle, and quiet. But God is still there, working in the midst of our lives.
The moral for the day, God is near! In the midst of the blahs, tiredness, and glaze, God is present.