God of the Nowhere Places

Sunday’s sermon hit me in the heart.

In a condensed form it was about God’s involvement in our lives.

Especially God’s involvement in the “Nowhere Places”

Ever had one of those? Seen one of those?

A Nowhere place is a place that you think is ‘too far’ for God.  A place we typically don’t want to visit. The ‘hard to reach’ places, so to speak.

These are the places we hide in the shadows of our lives, buried under a thousand memories, covered with tears, medication, fear, anxiety, or whatever else we use to cloak it.

These are the places we ignore, repress, or use an excuse.

These are the places of Alzheimer’s, broken relationships, stripped lives, or filthy choices.

The Nowhere Places.

Do you know what? There are no Nowhere Places with God because He is right there in the middle of the Nowhere Places.

His love digs to our deepest hurt, fear, wound, or secret and brings the light of hope.

He isn’t afraid of the dirty, frightening, crumbled pieces of our lives. He’s been there – holding each of our wounds in his nail-scarred hand, never flinching against the wrath of God and the weight of our brokenness.

For us.

For love.

No place is too far.

No place is too broken.

No place is too ugly.

Because He is even God of the Nowhere Places.

Romans 8:35-39:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?

 As it is written:

“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-image-nowhere-sign-image331811

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3 thoughts on “God of the Nowhere Places

  1. Pepper, I know of what you speak, the “Nowhere Places.” Yet, Got is in the “Everywhere Place,” comforting, protecting, and guiding us. He is truly a wonderful God who is there for us every moment, every hour, when we need him.

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