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by Steve Jerome on October 26, 2011

Why, O Lord, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?
— Psalms 10:1

There is no shame in admitting that you have sometimes questioned—or still sometimes question—God. Where is God? Why did God let this happen? Why can’t I see or feel God?

I’m probably the most liberal, open-minded, free-spirited creature on the planet (at least I hope I am), but I still believe God has a direct impact on my life—and on everyone else’s life. I’m not willing to accept the proposition made by some that God was an ancient clockmaker who set the world into motion and no longer takes action except for the occasional drop of oil or repair job.

Sure, the God I know sometimes appears to be standing far off rather than dwelling inside. And sometimes, when my defenses are weakest and my answers are fewest, God has seemed hidden from me. And I always wonder: Why? If I am an expression of God, why do I feel aloneness rather than unity?

Theologians have tackled questions like that for centuries, so I can’t lay the debate to rest in the few words of this simple essay. But there is one thing of which I’m sure: God has always come through for me—sometimes slowly, but always. And I think God will always come through for you, too.

Where is God in your life today? For reasons that I really don’t understand, sometimes I can feel—almost touch—the presence of God when I’m quiet enough to pay attention. Other times, I think God must be vacationing on Pluto. My goal is to get to know God well enough that when God is trying the hardest to reach me out from within me  with comfort, guidance and that unconditional love that I long for, I will more often recognize what’s happening.

You see, I don’t think God hides in times of trouble. But it’s easy for us to become separated from God when there are so many artificial walls, barricades and obstacles between us and our creator, placed there mostly by us and also by the societies we create. God is not the one We must tear  down the barriers, too, unless we want to risk missing God’s presence.

If you read verse 14 of the same psalm that contains the questions above, you’ll see that even that ancient psalmist knew God really is watching and helping. Listen: “But you do see! Indeed you note trouble and grief, that you may take it into your hands…”

Try to tear down some walls today so that when God offers a hand with the deconstruction project, accept it.

And remember: God does see—from within us all.

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