Having that practical and down to earth attitude is always a nice reminder of how God looks at his relationship with us. It should be a reminder that we should consider it to be the same way. It does sound funny to say that because we associate with the relationships we can physically see like with our friends.
Together allowing God to be with us during our day to allow him to be near us during the good and bad parts of your day is exactly what he is asking for. Then again we have to accept that and allow him to. It is so natural for us to “take care of ourselves” and the brutal honesty is the complete opposite. We always need someone else at some point in our life. Don't you ever notice the people who involve others traditionally get ahead much quicker? Could you imagine if we did that with our relationship with God? His protection and more importantly his peace that would be in our hearts.
Having a practical and down-to-earth attitude helps us in other ways. It can serve as a reminder that we are not in this alone. Often I hear that cliche of “why does bad things happen to good people”? It so has been out of our hands for years now. Adam and Eve making a choice to eat fruit from the tree of life kinda swayed things don't you think? They had a choice and that choice perpetuated sin into our world. Sin looks like a lot of different things like challenges, disease, death, and etc.
John 15:13-15 (NASB)
13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.
That friendship he offers us is filled with heavenly glory. He has equipped us to stay conscious of him during those times we are about our day. This serves as a reminder to me as well that I need to do a better job of keeping him by my side for all of the day not just “when I need him”.
Michael Stults – Mike