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He is all around you


For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse Romans 1:20


I sometimes hear people say “ I don’t feel close to God” Often this lament is in relation to life’s situation, a crisis, disappointment. It’s often when things aren’t going as they should that we will ask the question “Where is God in this?” “Where is God in a pandemic” Where is God in social or political unrest? Where is He in the loss of a child? Where is He in my loneliness, my suffering, my depression?

There are no easy answers to these deep cries. However the bottom line truth is He is everywhere. He shows Himself in all that He has made, the order of creation, the never changing rhythms of day to night, season to season. These are physical things that we experience with our five senses and often what we experience with our senses grounds us in the present, becomes real to us. God can be experienced in the touch of a loved one and in the joyous praise of morning birds, He can be felt in the warmth of the sun. Parables give us concrete images of spiritual truths. The language God used to describe Himself is often represented by images of what He’s created.

Here is an exercise to try, the next sunny day, close your eyes and lift your face to the sun. Feel the warmth on your face and play this song basedonNumbers6 24-26.If you don’t have it on a devise play it in your mind focus on the lyrics. Experience this as a gift from God showing you who He is in all that He has created. Being present with you.

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