The Divine Mystery exists in each of us. We are Stewards of that Mystery.
The Four Cornerstones:
- Worship more than you don’t.
- Seek a deeper understanding of your faith.
- Serve others in Christ’s name.
- Give as generously as God gives to you.
In the four weeks leading up to Cornerstone Sunday, we are focusing on each of the four cornerstones. This week, we focus on Seek.
When God speaks through the prophet Jeremiah, this is what he says through him: You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. (29:13)
Often, we assume that seeking God means taking a class or reading a book. I don’t think that’s exactly what God had in mind when he spoke to Jeremiah. Books as we understand them hadn’t been invented yet and online courses had not quite become the rage. The idea that a person would start looking for God meant more that she would start where she is, that she would become open to the fact that God is present and can be found here, wherever here is. In our conversations. In our families. In the workplace. In school. At the supermarket, the bowling alley, the dry cleaners, a ball game, and at a museum. Wherever we are, valley or mountaintop, God is already there. The rub, as Jeremiah says, is that we have to really want to find God. With everything we have. There is no other way. We have to be ‘all in’ because God is that way with us. We cannot appreciate God with any kind of fullness if we are unwilling to grasp this.
We often feel as though God has abandoned us when things start to go awry: when we’re sick, or dying, or depressed, or lonely, or feeling unloved or unlovable. We wonder where God is. What I know from experience as a Christian is that when I am feeling far away from God, it is usually because I don’t like the way God is present. I want Resurrection Jesus more than I want Good Friday Jesus. I want God to be strong, to repair, fix, and heal what is broken in my situation. Sometimes, God doesn’t do that. God isn’t always big on answers. But God is very big on people. And sometimes, God is as vulnerable and weak as God was in Jesus so many different times.
I want and need a God who is able, of course. God is. I am also growing to accept that some days the most we can know of God on this side of Resurrection often has to do with failing, with dying, with being mortal and limited, just as Jesus was. I am growing to accept that if I seek God with all my heart, God will be present, wherever here is. And for now, that will get me through to what God has next in mind.
Questions for the day:
When was the last time you felt the presence of God in your life? Whom did you tell about it?