Monday Musings for 4.19.21

 

Dear Friends,

Where is God?

That is the question that won’t go away.  We walk outside on a beautiful spring morning and God seems so close and so real.  We struggle with unrelenting pain, physical or emotional, and God seems so far away and maybe we even entertain the thought that the atheists had it right all along.  Here is something a friend passed along to me that I found helpful.  I hope you do too.

A father takes his son deep into the forest, blindfolds him, and leaves him alone.  The boy is required to sit on a stump all through the night and not remove his blindfold until he senses the first rays of the morning sun.  He is not allowed to cry out for help.  Once he survives this night he is a “man.”  He cannot tell other boys of this experience because each must come into manhood on his own.  

The boy is terrified.  He can hear all kinds of noises.  Wild beasts must surely be all around him.  Maybe even some human might do him harm.  The cold wind howls, shaking branches and even the stump on which he sits.  Still he sits stoically, not removing the blindfold.  This is what he must do to become a man.  

Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appears and he removes his blindfold.  That is when he discovers that his father is sitting next to him on that stump.  His father had been there all through the night, protecting his son from harm.

We too are never alone.  Even when we don’t know it, God is watching over us, sitting on the stump right beside us.  

“And lo, I am with you always.”  Matthew 28:20

In Christ,

 

John