Finding God when you can’t find God

It’s a stereotype of course, but if anyone in any house needs to know where anything is, who do we have to ask?  You don’t even have to think about it.  Kids ask moms and husbands ask wives.  Women have nobody to ask.  If the woman in the home doesn’t know where it is, nobody does.

I remember when my sister had 3 sons at home.  She said her boys left the phone anywhere and everywhere and they always had trouble finding it.  The message on her answering machine said, “Hi. You’ve reached the ______ residence.  We’re sorry we didn’t answer the phone.  We’re probably home, but we just couldn’t find the phone.  Leave a message and we’ll call you back when we find it.”

Sometimes we act as if finding God is like that.  Sometimes we know He’s somewhere, we just can’t find Him.  Other times, some people wonder and don’t even know if He’s truly there.  And then occasionally there is someone who is sure He is not there and doesn’t even exist.

I don’t pretend to have the answers for you when God seems distant or absent.  I can only say that I know those feelings are real.  I’ve certainly felt that way myself at times in my life.  And while those feelings are real, the fact remains that He’s not distant and surely not absent, even though we may feel like He is.  He’s there.  We cannot give up seeking.

Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

The Message (a paraphrase of Scripture) helps us through difficulties this way from Romans chapter 8:

22-25 All around us we observe a pregnant creation. The difficult times of pain throughout the world are simply birth pangs. But it’s not only around us; it’s within us. The Spirit of God is arousing us within. We’re also feeling the birth pangs. These sterile and barren bodies of ours are yearning for full deliverance. That is why waiting does not diminish us, any more than waiting diminishes a pregnant mother. We are enlarged in the waiting. We, of course, don’t see what is enlarging us. But the longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

26-28 Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.

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