It's hard to see God when you are looking for a long-bearded grandpa floating in outer space, or angels with haloed heads. God is a Spirit, and those who seek God seek Him not in outer space and scientific labs--but deep within their inner selves, and discerningly, in this wonderfully unfolding reality called Life.
God is at work in spiritual healing and social transformation.
God is manifested on the face of a newborn baby and the gentle touch of morning's sunlight.
God is even present in conflicts, suffering with the displaced, and working with genuine peacekeepers.
God's image is visible when we look on a mirror, or even when we face a political opponent.
But we sometimes we cannot see God because our eyes are clouded with dread, doubts or discontent. We cannot see the miraculous in life's "ordinary." We cannot find faith in honest uncertainties. We cannot see spiritual growth through financial struggles. We cannot see God's face when we are busy searching for God's blessings.
And then some thinks that life is simpler if they avoid asking questions. And so they hide from God in the safety of their anti-religious remarks or ironed religious dogmatism. Jesus invites us to come out, ask, seek, and know,
and in the purity of our hearts, see God's pervading presence. Jesus invites us to look inside, and in the window of pain and doubts, we might encounter the unconditional, abiding friendship that we have in God.
The Message translation put it this way, "You're blessed when you get your inside world - your mind and heart - put right. Then you can see God in the outside world" (Matthew 5:8, MSG Translation).
Enjoy watching God this week!