Isaiah 55:10–11 ‘As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish’ (v10)
Countless words describe the nature of our encounter with God. But everyone is created unique, so it’s unsurprising there are countless ways to encounter God. The popular idiom, ‘what’s good for the goose is good for the gander’ flies in the face of our God’s creativity. What engages one person may leave another cold.
There is no common basis on which we can successfully build friendship; each of us crafts our own context. Indeed, the joy and challenge of relationships is that what might have been stupendous yesterday cannot be relied on to sustain that friendship for the future. This is self-evident once we commit to a long-term partnership.
We find we must keep exploring how best to grow and deepen the relationship for it to continue. We can never take God, or each other, for granted. No textbook approach can guarantee we will encounter God every day. We place ourselves in the position to seek Him.
We can also learn from Isaiah’s weather metaphor. We are conscious of the rain and the snow, the way the seasons ensure that crops are grown successfully and a nation fed. Yet, it is all too easy to rush through life without noticing the rain, snow, or any other evidence of what is sustaining nature.
We most often eat with no thought as to our meal’s origin. So it is with God; we may be too busy to notice the very presence of the God we crave. We are invited to explore how we might develop our own God awareness every day.
SCRIPTURE TO CONSIDER: Psa. 42:1–8; 63:1–8; Jer. 15:10–21; Acts 17:22–32.
AN ACTION TO TAKE: The big question we all face is how much do we want of God? A second follows: how committed are we to find Him?
A PRAYER TO MAKE: ‘Lord, help me to see You in the many moments that make up each and every day. Amen.’