Where do you feel the divine presence of God right now in your life, in this moment? Maybe in the silence of snowfall. Or the noise of a preschool. Is it in the wind blowing across the harbor? Or in the cold morning air as you walk to your car for work? Maybe you feel it the steady (or unsteady) rhythmic beating of your heart?
Perhaps God isn’t so easily recognizable to you right now. Maybe your brain is elsewhere. But even with a thousand images and ideas zipping through your head God is there. Between worry over money and finding time to get Christmas presents. Between calls that need to be made and relationships that need to end. The presence of God's goodness is all around us.
Our goal is to train our eye to see what our heart desires. There is no one special way to do that other than knowing that every space is an opportunity to workout that special muscle. But if it helps, whenever I get stuck or simply can't see God around me, I look at my reflection in a mirror. Instead of picking myself apart like I might be tempted to do, I simply breathe slowly and welcome the divine light that is within me.
Like Jesus said, “when you see me you see God.” We are not God, but we are made in the divine image of God…if only so we can always remember that God is always present, always there and here and even over yonder. However, it’s up to us to take the first step by opening our eyes to see what our heart desires.
Nouwen, Henri J.M. "You are the Beloved" Published by The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust and Convergent Books: 2017.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”