"If I go up to the heavens (or if I'm top of the world and don't really need you, God), you are there;  if I make my bed in the depths (or if I sink so low that no one else wants to be around me anymore), you are there.

"If I rise on the wings of the dawn, (or, if I pack up and run to a place where no one else can find me), if I settle on the far side of the sea (if I go into my cave and wall myself off so no one can hurt me anymore), even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

"If I say, 'Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,' (certainly, the things I've done will make God want to have nothing to do with me), even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you" (Psalm 139:7-12).

That is passionate, pursuing love. And that is a love that you and I can experience every day of our lives, in a relationship with Christ -- the only One who can truly be ever-present in our lives.

Will you begin to let Him be your Lover who never leaves?

This article is based on Cindi's books Letting God Meet Your Emotional Needs, When God Pursues a Woman's Heart, and her newest book, When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts.

Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of several books including When Women Walk Alone, When a Woman Discovers Her Dream, and Women on the Edge. For more on her books and ministry, see www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.

Publication date: June 5, 2012