When you have come to your knees as many times as I have you begin to wonder whether anywhere else is safer than what you have found. It is hard to differentiate between standing or sitting, walking or running, shouting or just plain talking because the extremes between each of these actions become merged, as you realize that neither makes a difference since what matters most is that which you hold dear and precious to your soul. It embodies your being and it is the focal point of your every thought and deed. It is beyond a cosmic force as you know that nothing in our universe or otherwise could reduce your admiration, fear, and love for this thing. The pearl of our lives is God for once we have found him there is no where else beyond. Things come and go in our lives but he is never far from our thoughts as his divine power surpasses anything in the world. We may lie and cheat, we may steal and commit sin after sin, yet in the end we all end up asking ourselves who we answer to. There is always one power above man and that is God. Even the thief of the night says his prayers before going into action as he also hopes that he would be successful by the grace of God. One of the things puzzling most of us when we first seek God is the question of when we shall see him. These is depicted in our actions our thoughts and most of man’s life. We all use the bible to argue our case, justify our actions and make many of our decisions with the hope that a miracle would be shown to us by God to verify that our actions were righteous. We are a generation that needs to be encouraged and so we seek evidence from all sources possible that what we have done in our lives can be justified in one way or the other. It is no doubt that there is no one better than our heavenly father to show us a sign, a miracle and a gesture to make us worthy of our course. In this way we seek a vision of God hoping that this would encourage us along our spiritual path yet after many endless hours our patience never seems to be rewarded.
As our Lord has said God is a spirit and those who seek him must expect to see him spiritually. Man cannot discern a being so powerful in the primitive form that he is. We are not ready to see our God with the thoughts we possess as man, the lusts and desires that drive us day by day and with the intention that craves our minds for why we need to seek him. That is why this decision is not ours to make. It is only our heavenly father that can decide when we are ready to see him. However it is not all bad news for us because he has left us with his word and has given us the wisdom of our Lord to teach us how to see him in our primitive form, and the physical way we are used to. The bible teaches us that God is light and there is no darkness in him. In which sense all good is discernable from him, therefore he that is carrying out this action with believe in the spirit is in the image of God at the moment. He can come to us at anytime and on any occasion it simply depends on whether or not we are looking for him. He is present in nature when we admire its beauty. Even the heavy rain droplets that wash our earth away can possess the spirit of God if we look at the coolness that follows in its wake. When the earth is cooled after a rain storm it is for the reason that God wishes this to be so. When the sun rises in the morning it is his wish and we can wake up and admire this cosmic entity understanding that only one being is powerful enough to make this possible. When our dogs back excitedly to receive us at home after a tiring day at work it is because God has given them the senses and awareness to know us. This is divine and cannot be explained by man. His spirit is in every living thing and so we can see him in the physical sense when we look for the good in those things.
The proof of the spiritual world is in faith and not in physical conviction based on man’s theories. We either accept it or do not.
Today I remember a time in the past when I turned up uninvited at a friend’s house. It was a house call that had not been planned as I had been out already doing something and decided on impulse that I would make this diversion. I was lucky, he was home with his family and they were glad to see me. As usual the children were ready to entertain, always keen when a visitor turned up. I chatted with my friend for an hour and then as I decided that it was time for me to leave, his wife proposed that I stayed longer for dinner. I accepted the invitation and as we all gathered around the dining table his four year old son was told to lead us in prayer. It was one of the most amazing things I have witnessed in my life. There was nothing spectacular about a child praying or the words he said, what caught my attention was the wisdom that was depicted in a child praying. Even though he was only four he was convinced that he was praying to his heavenly father and that what he prayed for would be answered. The sincerity in his voice and the innocence in his demands was something that I knew I struggled as an adult to deliver when I said my own prayers. As far as this child was concerned he was talking to God and that was it. He talked as if he was talking to someone before him, praying earnestly for his wishes. It occurred to me that if I was in God’s position I would answer his prayers.
I listened to him finish and end his prayer humbled by what I had learned. In this child our heavenly father had revealed his strength and with all my years traveling the world seeing and experiencing so much, I never thought that I could learn something so special from a child. This child was teaching me that we are all children before God. We may be lawyers, kings, queens, presidents, business men, directors or doctors but when we went on our knees to God we had to remember that we were all just children and ask with hope that our heavenly father would answer our prayers. In the bible it is said that we should not worry about the words we say in prayer because our spirits intercede for us. This was what I was seeing first hand with this child. His words did not matter because if the sincerity in his voice was so complete then his spirit was doing all the talking. If a mortal like me could witness this then what more of a power so supreme.
I left my friend’s house that evening content. It was not the food that I received or the conversation with my friend that had made my day it was the prayer his son had made that had told me I had just witnessed a miracle of God. In the bible our Lord has said: “Watch.” This word is spoken in the context of us watching for his return and the day of our salvation. To be prepared for this day I believe we must be able to see the spiritual unfold as I did in the simplest of things.