It really can be difficult to believe in someone that you can’t see. It truly can sound unreasonable to believe in someone we can’t see, hear or touch. Why would we want to talk to someone who does not appear to be sitting right next to us, or anywhere that is near us? It is said that “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1) We need to have faith, but why is it so hard?
Is it because we are looking for God in all the wrong places?
As humans, we want God to be contained in a single entity like we are in our own bodies. We want to be able to see what he looks like, what color his eyes are, the texture of his hair. But our simple understand of God is confined to our understanding of the objects of this earth. We need to remember, God is so much bigger than this earth and he has left us his image in a much bigger way…his creation.
Paul says “His invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” (Rom. 1:20) So what if instead of wishing we could see God in a particular form, we started seeing him in our immediate surroundings? The way we view the earth would then radically change.
For example, consider your commute to work with God all around you. He is in the trees you pass by, in in the sky you see through the sunroof, in the sun that shines in your eyes you try to shield with your hand or sunglasses. The person in the car next to you is His creation also, as well as the rain or snow that might be making the roads busy. Then when you get to work, you step out of the car into the cold or the warm, all the air that God created to fill up your lungs.
You see, when we put God into the details of our daily lives, he will fill our lives with beauty.
It can take a different direction, if we won’t see God in nature or our surroundings if our focus is on just ourselves and our circumstances we find ourselves in. It takes a lot of looking out and looking up to find God in all of our surroundings. However, once we do it, we won’t want to look back.
His beauty fills the sky, His glory reigns in brilliant light.
Great God of countless wonders. I will lift my eyes to you.