In a meeting here at MCH last week, someone shared how she felt when a staff person who answers to her said “Oh-I saw you coming, so I thought I was in trouble.”
Few of us in supervisory roles hope to elicit fear or anxiety in those who work for us. None of us like working for someone who sets up that kind of working environment.
When she shared how she felt upon hearing this, and the actions she has since taken to change that perception, I immediately made the theological application of the same issue:
For how many of us does the thought of the presence or proximity elicit fear or anxiety initially?
Why would we feel anxiety about this God who so loved the whole world that Jesus was sent so that all who believe in Him might gain eternal life? Should we not rather find comfort and hope in our awareness of God’s presence or proximity?
What kinds of feelings do you and I elicit in others? If we are well representing our God, I am inclined to think that others will find this same comfort and hope in our presence.