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.
Day 2: “Where is God? . . . The grounded God is a God in a relationship with space and time as the love that connects and creates all things, known in and with the world . . . God is not above or beyond, but integral to the whole of creation, entwined with the sacred ecology of the universe.” (Grounded, pp. 10, 25)
In today’s devotional, Diana talks about being at a loss as to where God was. We all have those times in our lives that we feel like he is nowhere to be found, that he has somehow left us to our own devices. Left us in our sorrow, in our doubt.
Each of us has been taught at some point in our spiritual walk that if we don’t feel God with us, it is because we have moved away from him. I don’t think that is true any longer. He is present in all things and always present with me. Regardless of how I feel, or what I think.
I love the idea that God is not above or beyond. He simply is. Whenever and wherever I need him, he is. I think that instead of me being the one to move away, it is actually God that does the moving. In the same way that a parent moves just out of reach of their toddler when they are learning to walk, he moves just far enough away to cause me to reach for him. Encouraging me to take those those much needed steps into deeper waters.
When I get to a point that I am wondering why he has abandoned me, it is then that I know it’s time for me to grow. Time for me to stop and be present in the moment. To notice the ways he wants to draw me closer.
Every time I have experienced new depth or new wisdom in my spiritual life, the path toward the new awareness begins with a sense of loss of God’s presence. God seems absent, unavailable in the usual places, elusive. I am lost. I have learned to trust the question “Where is God?” as a marker along the way. No fear. Only a sign to pay attention to the ways in which the spirit is speaking.
The scripture for today is Job 23:3 O that I knew where I might find God, that I might come even to his dwelling! I do know where to find him. I need only to be mindful that the whole of Creation is his dwelling place. And mine as well.
“God, the Beloved, who is with and within, may questions of your absence
direct us toward the reality of your indwelling of all things.” Diana Butler Bass