MONDAY, APRIL 10, 2006
"But I know him: for I am from him." --John 7: 29
This morning’s quote from my Bible lesson reminds me that I really don’t have to work hard, or struggle, or study, to get to know God. Lately, I have been doing just that. I made a decision a few months ago that I needed to find out just what this entity called “God” is, and so I’ve been “working” at it – pinching my brows over the Bible and my notebook as I “struggle” to understand this concept that has been a huge part of my life for many years. I’ve thought of the process as a “project” I can devote my efforts to – getting to know God the way you might get to know a difficult, abstruse book. However, this morning’s quote from Jesus settles me down a little, reassures me, reminds me that there is actually no work involved. After all, if I am part of something, I don’t really need to study it in order to understand it. That would be as silly as trying to “understand” my own breathing, or trying to “get to know” the beat of my own heart. I am as much a part of God as a wave is part of the ocean, or as a breeze in Wilcox Park is part of the winds blowing across the earth. I know God, not the way you would know a separate object, but the way a tree limb knows the tree, or the way a flower petal knows the flower. Today I want to remember this wonderful fact. Yes, in one sense it’s good to “work hard” at studying the spiritual truths of life, but it’s also important to realize that, in fact, those truths are as close to me as my fingers, or as the breath in my own lungs. Taking in air is pretty easy, and so is getting to know God.