Read John 20:24-29
The boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
- Mark 9:24 (NIV)
Recently I was with some friends discussing our understanding of God. One person always referred to God using the phrase, “the God I don’t understand.” Another said she was truly glad there was mystery involved with understanding God. The third person said he had been searching everywhere for God and in every way possible, but he could not find God. Therefore, he decided to quit the search and let God find him. Then he added, “It worked!” Listening to these comments made me think of Thomas’ experience of questioning and seeking. And then I remembered the father who had asked for his son to be healed and how he answered Jesus by saying, “I do believe; help my unbelief!” At times I am like each one in my group of friends, and sometimes I am like the people I read about in scripture. I find comfort in knowing that people in the Bible grappled with the same feelings and challenges we experience today. God always knows where we are. When we are still (see Ps. 46:10) and make ourselves available to God, we are saying, “Here I am, God. Find me!” At times, I see God’s presence revealed through other people or even through nature (such as when a butterfly lights on my hand and stays there). I am grateful for the mystery of the God I don’t fully understand. And I’m equally grateful that when I cannot find God, I know that God can and will find me.
Patricia A. Simmons
Thought for the Day: Perceptions may change, but God remains constant.
Prayer: Thank you, God, that you never change. Our understanding of you may change, but you forever remain the same. Amen.
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