“He is nearer than you think.”
When we go through hard times, or even good times (usually hard times, though), it’s easy to cry out in fear. I think we do this to get God to notice and draw closer to us. Yet, he is right here. His Spirit is in us. That means, no matter what we think or feel or experience, God is literally with us. He sees and understands our circumstances and walks through them with us.
I have learned, through experience, that in order to feel the presence of God or to feel near to him, I have often had to simply love those around me. Loving God is obedience to his word, and upon obeying, God’s presence and favor lights upon us and encourages us. However, God is, as a matter of fact, near to the broken hearted. When I cry, I am able to hear him whispering hope into my heart and mind. Simply listening is required.