I once heard the news anchor Dan Rather share the following story about himself:
Early in his career he worked for a radio station, and one of the shows featured sermons by a particular preacher. The sermons were recorded on vinyl records that Dan Rather would place on a turntable of a record player. He would position the needle at the beginning of the sermon, then leave the studio and drive to a local diner. One day as he was sitting there sipping some coffee the owner of the diner came over and said there’s a phone call for you. When Dan picked up the phone his boss yelled Get back to the studio! Right now! Dan jumped in his car, turned on the radio and to his horror heard: “Go to hell… Go to hell… Go to hell…”. The needle had gotten stuck and it kept repeating till he got back to the studio. I don’t think he ever left the studio again while a record was playing.
This story reminded me that unlike people, who are often unfaithful, Jesus never “leaves the studio.” He never takes his eyes off of us. He never stops interceding for us.
He will not let your foot be moved;
he who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep. PS 121:3-4
Jesus never takes his eyes off those he saves. He never leaves us. Even when we doubt his love. Even when we sin and fail him. He never forsakes us. He ever lives to intercede for us. Even when we aren’t thinking about him, he is thinking about us and watching over us. There’s nowhere we can go where Jesus can’t see us and care for us. As the Psalmist says in PS 139:7-12:
Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
If you are sad or lonely, don’t forget, there is a Friend who is closer than a brother. It may not seem like Jesus is with you but don’t doubt it for a second – he is there. It might feel like he has gone for coffee, but he is there. And nothing – NOTHING – can separate you from his love.