For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse
A twitter friend sent a tweet, sharing a song with me, in response to my blog When I Feel Lost… He is My Everything. The song, One Desire by Kari Jobe, touched me deeply, so I’m sharing it for you to enjoy.
I’ve contemplated much about silence…. And I wonder, when we retreat in silence, whether it is because of depression, financial loss, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse, or any other wounded-ness, what causes us to turn our pain inward? Why do we hide the truth from friends, family, church and community? Is it merely social graces, because our society expects us only to share the good, the nice and the positive? Or is it because we fear God’s rejection, or perhaps the judgement of fellow humans? Maybe even the other way around–God’s judgement and rejection from people?
If it is in any way connected to our perception of God, then we do not truly know Him, or His kind and gentle heart of love. As I enjoyed nature, I see His fingerprints everywhere. A God who paints the flowers, shaping each tiny petal… a God who splashes colour on the wings of a bird… who shapes the delicate wings of a butterfly… Could He reject you? Really? Because of a difficult phase of your journey? Would He turn His back because you are suffering mentally, emotionally or spiritually? That is not the Jesus of the Gospels.
Is it possible… Have we misunderstood God and, in our misunderstanding, have we misrepresented Him to others, that they would fear our rejection, and His? In taking time to experience Him in nature around me, I am more and more aware of how lovely He is. How completely gentle and trustworthy His heart.
This morning I went on a walk, alone. With God and my camera. I’m finding that if I carry a camera, I am more observant and I notice beauty in God’s creation that I might miss if I am not deliberate. As part of my discipline, to connect intentionally with God, I am looking for His fingerprints in our universe, and learning to see Him in the ordinary again.
Jesus came to bring life… to save us… to make us whole. That’s the Jesus I know.
© Trudy Metzger 2012