If only it was so simple. If only the reality, presence, and existence of God was undeniable. Why does it have to be so complicated? Why do I have to have faith? Why do I have to trust? Certainty would be so much easier.
God could just appear, and all the people I’ve decided God doesn’t like would scarper. Through wind and fire, the world would be cleansed. Then everyone who agreed with me would celebrate. So much happiness, we would be triumphant, the party would never end. We would lift a joyful noise to God, there would be nothing to hinder our complete happiness.
But I’m not an orphan, a widow, homeless, or a prisoner? But I want to name God “Father” and be led in God’s ways! In comparison to abundant rain, my life does feel more like parched land – am I rebellious?
In the ancient stories the people spoke of God as a pillar of cloud and fire leading them. Of revelation through the ground shaking and rain pouring down. In the natural world, the people discerned the presence of God. A presence that brought new life, new hope, goodness, provision and shelter. A presence that was for all.
Am I rebellious for limiting God? Should I do more to live out God’s presence in my life and in the world around me?
Maybe then it wouldn’t be just me and my friends celebrating? The whole world might begin to praise God. Maybe I should listen more? Rely on God more? Trust more? Blessed be God!
Glory to God, creator, saviour, friend, whose greatness, love, and wisdom never end. In the midst of life may we trust in God, follow Christ’s way, and rely on the Spirit. Amen
The Rev’d David Coaker serves with Grays URC in Essex.