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COLUMN: Keep Jesus close every day

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By Jon Rohr

Today I had one of those moments when I thought I had everything under control. That was my first big mistake. My second was thinking I knew where the one vital piece of paperwork I needed was sitting. As you can probably guess, it was not there.
Panic ensued. Like most men would do, I called my wife because she always knows where everything is. But then again, the mess in my office could probably qualify for federal disaster relief funding, so I was grasping at straws.
To my disappointment, but not my surprise, she only thought of the places I had already looked.
That meant actually facing the mess I had created in the first place. So I dug in, and after about an hour and a half, finally found what I so desperately needed. At one time it had been sitting there right in front of me, but over time I had let it get lost. It was buried in the everyday bills and pieces of paper that make up our lives. Covered up with sticky notes, hidden under articles I wanted to reread, concealed under books I was using for research.
Isn’t that just like our walk with Christ? He is right there all the time. He promised us “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:20 NIV). But though he is right there, we forget him and push him off to the side
In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, somehow Jesus gets hidden. We let the clutter of everyday life hide him from our eyes. We make our choices without consulting him and the mess just gets bigger. And then, suddenly, when we realize how much we need him, when we call out for him, we can’t find him. Somehow he seems out of reach.
The problem is all the junk built up between him and us. He is not hiding from us; he is waiting for us to really seek him, to really search him out.
The prophet tells us to “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near” (Isaiah 55:6 NIV).
You know it would be a lot easier, and less stressful, to keep my desk clear and keep the important things where I can find them.
Rather than hunting for him in a panic, maybe it would be better to keep him in the center of our lives. The truth is we need him every single day. We need his strength, we need his guidance, we need his wisdom. Keep him close every day.