Trusting another’s words is relatively easy when the details are ones that intuitively rings true. With new ideas the time, place, and content shape our willingness to accept them as possibilities. This willingness to trust ends at God’s door. We cannot believe, do not want to believe, or are frightened of what might happen if we even consider believing!
The reality is as I look around is that I know “no one has ever seen God, not so much as a glimpse.” (John 1.18a) I believe God, who came as a man and died some two thousands plus years ago, is a “one-of-a-kind God-Expression, who exists at the very heart of the Father, has made him plain as day.” (John 1.18b) Some might suggest that our evidence ends here but I would suggest that this is being extremely myopic. Evidence, God sightings, are all around us, I would suggest daily even hourly.
The reason that I am confident comes from my journey and my God sightings. Often I see God’s hand at work and know that Divinity has paid a visit. Changes in my response to difficult circumstances could only come from God; I lack the disciplines and power. When I hit myself with a hammer, fairly frequently when I am in the garage, I no longer blame or curse God. I know that years ago I wanted to change but I never could control my tongue. God at work, inside out, changed the scene. This is very simple, yet very real.
It isn’t always personal. There are God sightings in the lives of others, some responses to prayer while others seem to be outright gifts! One shouldn’t conclude that God is in the business of bribery –gifts can include the ability to respond with grace while a debilitating headache fights for supremacy or the willingness to spend time with a friend while asthma is struggling to take the very air that one breathes.
In the midst of today’s storms there is one thing you can trust; God is at work – in your life and mine.