My first time here was at age 15, between my sophomore and junior year of high school. I’d been given a chance to experience what is called a Girl Scout Wider Opportunity. The event centered on theater and dance and took place on the campus of East Stroudsburg University. But I flew into Scranton, and several days prior to event, stayed at a host family’s home in Wilkes-Barre. And it was there, at age 15, in a state of feeling a bit overwhelmed by being in a new place far, far from home, that the incredible, life-changing thought came to me: “God is here. God followed me here, and He will always go where I go no matter where in the world I am, no matter how far from home.”
I returned to the Pocono Mountains as a college student when I accepted a nanny position one summer for a family in Princeton, New Jersey. They had a cabin in the Poconos and we would travel there most every weekend. Again, it occurred to me that God had followed me to Pennsylvania.
It happened again this morning as I looked out the windows of the beautiful cabin where I’m staying during a writer’s retreat and workshop on the homestead of the Highlights for Children magazine founders, Garry and Caroline Myers.
In fact, as I walked toward my cabin for the first time last night, I felt as if it were God who was welcoming me there. It was as if He were saying, “Good evening, my beloved child. See how much I love you?”