Hide and seek

If you’ve ever watched children playing hide and seek, there seems to be no limit to their patience in seeking until they find the one they are looking for.  No stone is left unturned.  No space, however improbable, is left unsearched.

Such enthusiasm is not displayed by those searching for God in this reading from Isaiah.  Such sad words,

“I was ready to answer my people’s prayers, but they did not pray.  I was ready for them to find me, but they did not try.”

If you’ve ever invited someone to meet you and they just didn’t turn up, you might perhaps be able to grasp something of this feeling.  God is waiting for us, and we don’t even try to find him.

God is there – we are not.  It reminds me of an old poster that said something along the lines of,  if you can no longer hear God, he hasn’t moved.

God is waiting for us.  Waiting for us to pray, waiting for us to turn up – even to try.  How keen are we?  Do we spend our lives seeking out God?  I our first thought always to pray?  I find it incredibly hard sometimes to focus and just get on with it, but always feel so much better for prayer.

Perhaps when people ask that age-old question, “where is God?”  This is part of our answer.  God is there, waiting for us to turn to him.  Waiting for us to pour out our hearts to him.     I’ve explored before the subject of how God answers our prayer, but answer he will – if only we take the opportunity to ask.

God has gone nowhere.  He’s not hiding in a corner, locked in a room or buried himself under something to make it really difficult for us to find him.  He is there if we look.  We may have to see beyond our presuppositions, beyond our boundaries, or even outside the box – but he is there.  He is not in all the wrong places, but is always ready to welcome us if we have been there looking.

Will we turn to God?  He is ready for us.

~ by pamjw on June 15, 2010.

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