I’m going to go back to what I love during this Lenten Season…taking photos and highlighting the beauty in the everyday, the sacredness of all that is around us, and in doing so, finding God in his creation.
I’ll be using Diana Butler Bass’ Grounded: Forty Day Devotional as a guide. I hope you’ll join me on this 40 day journey back to Immanuel, God with us.
“To say that God is in the sky is not to imply that God lives at a certain address above the earth. Instead, it is an invitation to consider God’s presence that both reaches to the stars and wafts through our lives as a spiritual breeze.” (Grounded, p. 103)
There have been numerous times in my life that God has felt distant, even to the point of non-existence. I know in my head that is not the case, but my heart often fails me as I don’t feel him near. Looking back, I can see that in those moments that I have been the most unexpressed. My focus completely inward, my feelings not known.
We all desire to be fully known, and fully loved, in spite of that knowing. Looking outward affords us the opportunity to allow that knowing. For me, those moments are found when I take the time to look up. I see him most often in the skies; sunrises and sunsets, in the stillness of the blue, in the way clouds are painted across that canvas by the wind.
He is not above or beyond, but inexplicably woven into the tapestry around us. He is the God that is always with me. Creation, an invitation to know him and be known by him.
All ground is holy ground, all water, holy water, and the skies are a holy space.
“Let heaven’s winds stir the soil of our soul
and fresh awakenings rise within us.
May the mighty angels of light glisten in all things this day.
May they summon us to reverence, may they call us to life.”
(From John Philip Newell’s Praying with the Earth)