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The Rev. Scott Hearn: Keeping Jesus always in our thoughts
The Rev. Scott Hearn

A couple of Bible passages God has used to really speak to my heart recently. So I will share them with you today.

The first is Psalm 139: 7-10. It says “Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

Now, like most of you, I’ve read those words many times. What an incredible promise!

We can’t get away from God’s presence. God is with us always, everywhere and in everything.  During the celebrative and joyful times and during those dark times, he is with us. From the morning to even the far side of the world, he is with us.

But he is more than just a presence. Always, everywhere and in everything he promises to guide us, lead us, direct us and show us the way we should go. He will hold us, comfort us and be our source of peace and protection.

I know all of that, but how often do I live daily, in those real moments of my life, like I know that?

I can read Psalm 139 in the morning and be completely unaware of its promises when something blows up in my life at 10 a.m.

It’s so easy for my circumstances (or my interpretation of them) to dictate the status of my soul and where God is. I look at the ever-changing ebbs and flows of my day for cues of how things are going, instead of looking to an unchanging God, a God who is the same yesterday, today and forever.

To remain aware of the Psalm 139 promises I’ve been trying to keep the phrase: I trust you, Jesus, in the forefront of my mind.

So when a car breaks down, my first thought would be “I trust You, Jesus.” When a phone call changes the rest of the day, “I trust You, Jesus.” When my mind gets totally consumed with a chronic issue I have to deal with, I pause and say “I trust You, Jesus.”

In the real moments of where I live my life, it’s moving the focus from temporary circumstance to an eternal God.

The second Bible passage God is using to speak to my heart these days is a passage a staff member shared at one of our meetings.

It is Habakkuk 3: 17 and 18. It says “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my savior.”

It really is true. Our joy isn’t found in our surroundings (our happiness surely can be), but rather in a God from whom we can never move out of the presence of. A God who is not only with us but will guide, lead and direct us and show us the way we should go.

It’s one thing to trust God and really a completely different thing to trust God in the moment, regardless of what the moment might be. I hope you are experiencing that type of trust. It changes everything.

The Rev. Scott Hearn is the senior pastor at Gainesville First United Methodist Church in Gainesville. He can be reached at


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