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Objects in Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear



“Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it!”

Most of us have made that astonished confession at least once. For Jacob, the realization came during a crisis.

Jacob was a young single adult who had never thought much about God. He heard the stories of how father Isaac and grandfather Abraham met the Lord, but God was irrelevant to his life. It wasn’t that he had considered God and rejected him: he had never really considered God. He wasn’t an atheist: he had simply never seen the relevance on his life of God’s existence. But then he met the Lord that his father and grandfather had talked about, and he exclaims, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it!” (Genesis 28:16)

Maybe that needs to be your confession:

“The Lord is in my home and I was not aware of it!”

“The Lord is in my diagnosis and I was not aware of it!”

“The Lord is at work in my city and up to this point I’ve written it off as a place to suffer through and escape.”

“The Lord is in my rebellion and I was not aware of it!”

My car’s side mirror warns, “Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.” God really is closer than you think. In the mid-19th century Frederick Hosmer wrote:

O Thou, in all Thy might so far,
In all Thy love so near,
Beyond the range of sun and star,
And yet beside us here.

We all need a fresh reminder that God is active and involved in life. So, go study Jacob in Genesis 28, who met God in his daily routine when he wasn’t looking for God.

Then go examine Elisha’s servant in 2 Kings 6, who met God in a crisis when he really needed divine help.

Then there’s the pagan king Belshazzar in Daniel 5, who met God when he didn’t want to.

Finally, take a look at the prophet Elijah in 1 Kings 19, who met God in a time of burnout and disappointment.

If you want some help through these studies, go here.

“Some Kind of Promise in His Heart”


“Where you went out the back door of that house there was a stone water trough in the weeds by the side of the house. A galvanized pipe come off the roof and the trough stayed pretty much full and I remember stopping there one time and squattin down and looking at it and I got to thinking about it. I don’t know how long it had been there. A hundred years. Two hundred. You could see the chisel marks in the stone. It was hewed out of solid rock and it was about six foot long and maybe a foot and a half wide and about that deep. Just chiseled out of the rock. And I got to thinking about the man that done that. That country had not had a time of peace much of any length at all that I knew of. I’ve read a little of the history of it since and I aint sure it ever had one. But his man had set down with a hammer and chisel and carved out a stone water trough to last ten thousand years. Why was that? What was it that he had faith in? It wasn’t that nothing would change. Which is what you might think, I suppose. He had to know better than that. I’ve thought about it a good deal. I thought about it after I left there with that house blown to pieces. I’m goin to say that water trough is there yet. It would of took something to move it, I can tell you that. So I think about him settin there with his hammer and his chisel, maybe just a hour or two after supper, I don’t know. And I have to say that the only thing I can think is that there was some sort of promise in his heart. And I don’t have no intentions of carvin a stone water trough. But I would like to be able to make that kind of promise. I think that’s what I would like most of all.”


-Sheriff Bell, from “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy

About Tom

ANCHOR COURSE LOGO Tom Goodman is a graduate of Baylor University and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth, and he holds a doctorate from New Orleans Seminary. He has served as pastor in Louisiana, north Texas, and overseas in Grand Cayman before becoming the pastor of Hillcrest Church in Austin, Texas. Diane and Tom have been married since their days at Baylor University, and they have two sons, Michael and Stephen. Tom enjoys scuba diving, watching the latest Netflix DVD with Diane, and chasing mis-hit golf balls.