'Looking for God'

Tuesday Reflection

15th September 2020

'Did you see God?'

You will seek me and find me,
when you seek me with all your heart.
   .... Jeremiah 29:13

When the first Russian cosmonaut landed
from his journey into space he was asked,
'Did you see God?'
'No' he replied.
This was taken as proof that God does not exist!

When the first American astronaut landed
he also was asked the same question,
'Did you see God? He replied,
'No, but I would have
if I'd stepped out of my space suit!'
Two totally different understandings.

There are so many things in this world today
which are totally incomprehensible to us;
like the children's conundrum,
'How can a brown cow eat green grass
and produce white milk?'
We will never fathom the mysteries of this universe!

We need to come humbly before God
and ask for him to speak to us
and give us understanding.

In this world of high tech and consumerism,
the media tell us that 'image is everything'
People need heroes, someone to look up to,
values that they can aim for,
be it looks, life style,
wealth or achievements -
from world of music, film, sport etc.

Admiration is fine but becomes idolatry
when we hold any object,
activity or person higher than God.

How frequently that happens today.
In this consumer society
it is material things that matter.
We are told that unless we have a better house,
car, lifestyle, more money (+++ more!)
a good looking partner, 1.9 children,
we won't achieve happiness - how sad!

But the benefits society expects these idols to give,
God promises to give.
He knows that images offered by the world
are bankrupt and we will be disappointed
in what we expect to find.
Media says image is everything

but the only image of importance
is Jesus Christ stamped on our heart.

Blaise Pascal the French mathematician,
physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic theologian wrote;

"There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man
 which cannot be satisfied
 by any created thing
 but only by God the Creator,
 made known through Jesus Christ."

It is surprising how many people
are searching,
but looking in the wrong place
and end up dissatisfied.

When God created humans,
he wanted us to look for him
and search for him.
This is one of God's plans,
and in doing so,
he created this "hole"
that cannot be filled by any other:
in short, that "God-shaped hole"
was created by God for us to look for him.

'Ask, and it will be given to you;
seek, and you will find;
knock, and it will be opened to you.'
   ... Matthew 7:7

May we keep our eyes on Jesus,
turning to him in all things,
and keep filling that 'God shaped hole'.