Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. – Colossians 1:15
Humans have always been searching for God. Jump on Amazon, there are hundreds of books written about the topic. The search continues.
The very young, who I encounter in college every day, seem so certain they’ve found all they need in their brief search. I always have one student who’s just brimming with confidence and answers. It’s inspiring.
I’m still searching for answers as I navigate through the shipwreck of this world. Long ago, when I was young and filled with answers, I assumed that one day the search would end. Someday I’d get to a point where I had it all figured out. Still waiting. God remains a mystery. As He should be.
While I’m searching for the right path to take and looking for more answers to the multiplying problems I keep tripping over, the only certainty that comforts my spirit is what I discover about the words and actions of Christ. More and more, He becomes for me the answer to my restless soul as I search for God each day.
Then he began to wash the disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel he had around him. – John 13:5
Putting my vanity out the door and bending my knees to serve someone else (who doesn’t even expect it) – that’s where I know I can find God.
“But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:44-45
Treating people who seem to be out to get me as if they were the dearest of friends is the most difficult of journeys to make, and yet that’s where God is waiting.
“But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail.” – Luke 22:32
While enduring his own most agonizing trial of faith, Jesus invests his heart and mind in the life of his friend. As big as they might seem, I can’t let my own problems distract me from caring about the lives of others. This is where God is calling all of us and where He can always be found.
Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” – Luke 23:34
Putting down that grudge and taking up my cross is another certain way in which I will find God today. He is always there in the midst of forgiveness. Waiting at the gate to welcome home the wandering child. Pouring out a wealth of forgiveness to ones who owed a debt of sin. “But all the wickedness in the world which man may do or think is no more to the mercy of God than a live coal dropped in the sea.” – William Langland
As I search, I can look to the words and deeds of Christ and always find what I’m longing for.