Nowhere We Can Go

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Where could I go to get away from your spirit? Where could I go to escape your presence? If I could fly on the wings of dawn, stopping to only rest on the far side of the ocean – even there your hand would guide me! (Psalm 139)

Despite an unplanned early morning jog through gates 1-7 at the Sioux Falls airport, all 26 members of the Mexico Mission Team made it safely to the bed and breakfast in beautiful, sunny Puerto Vallarta.

Today’s agenda: travel, orientation, sleep. As part of our agenda each day, we read a bit of Scripture together and this morning’s Psalm reminded us that no matter where we go, no matter how far from home, God is always right there with us!

That is especially comforting to students and staff who may have never traveled this far or experienced a trip like this. From some, though, the notion that God is everywhere is unsettling, even disturbing. Their image of God may be a god who is angry, easily offended, and who is just waiting for us to break a rule so we can be punished. Who would want a god like that watching over them at every moment?!

That’s not the God I see in Jesus nor who I read about in Isaiah: for I am The Lord Your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “do not fear; I will help you.” So glad we serve a loving and ever-present God who walks with us as we prepare to serve the people of Puerto Vallarta!

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