I stared and then I looked around to see who she was talking to and point to myself with a question mark in my eye.
How does she do it? How does she work a job of standing 5 feet away from constant crap (literally) and have such joy in her heart? I did my business and gave her a smile and put my earbuds back in and the song, “Our God is With Us – Emmanuel” was playing. Looking around at all the sizes, shapes, colors and temperaments of people walking by, I could sense His heart for this woman. Many people were coming and going out of that room without giving her a second glance. She was present, even if no one noticed or acknowledged her, but was anyone WITH her?
He is WITH us.
He is WITH me.
Many times I am the hustling woman through the airport with a frantic look on her face, just trying to get to the next place in hopes of it taking me home, the place I really want to be, but I miss his WITHness. He is always present, but presence can be true of God and be oblivious to me. Somewhere in there I miss the togetherness that is always mine for the taking. This WITHness is becoming my life calling and life longing. To enjoy His WITH as I am WITH others – even in a crowded airport. That woman in the bathroom by E5 was WITH those she served, with such presence and joy. God Bless her. I think God enjoys her so much. I hope she knows that that He is WITH her today.