It’s been a while since I have written, and yet I have thought about many things since. I have now moved to Lancaster, PA, and am looking for a church with which to be involved. The biggest need in my life is a church family that I feel “at home” with.
Over the past few months, I’ve been wondering what it’s like to really see God. Not physically, but really focus on and look for God in our world. Growing up, I’ve been taught that “He’s everywhere” and “He’s in creation,” which is to say, “Look at the beautiful mountains and rivers and snow and animals!” But I wonder if it goes deeper than that.
Experience has been downplayed in my life in regards to theology, in the sense that, if I can’t biblically support it, it cannot be irrefutable. My experience only enlightens my biblical understanding. And that’s probably 99% true. But with that mentality, it becomes increasingly difficult to see God in places when the only place you look for Him is in the pages of Scripture (no offense to the canon).
So what if I actually look for God in places, like when I see people help others in need, or if I see a movie that describes true love and not the Hollywood lust we’ve grown so used to seeing on the big screen, or if I find God’s mercy in places like passing a state trooper and he “let me by” even though I was doing a little over the speed limit? We experience these moments, and we’re thankful, or even happy about them. But do we really worship God during those times?
What would it mean to worship God at a time like that? I suppose thankfulness is worship. But I think the best way can sometimes be the easiest way (pride and selfishness notwithstanding): enjoying those situations as a reflection of God’s grace, glory, majesty, love, or other attribute. If “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him,” then enjoying and being satisfied in those moments for what God has designed them to be should be a way to worship and glorify Him.
Maybe I’m a little off, but today that’s what’s in my head, and what I’ve been musing on lately.