O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you, as in a barren and dry land where there is no water. Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, that I might behold your power and your glory. (Psalm 63:1-2, The Book of Common Prayer, p.670).
Just before I began writing this blog post, I did a search on Google for an image of searching. The only images I could find were copied and pasted images of a Google search engine. LOL. So, I settled for what I used above the Scripture verse for today. I chose it because the verse from Psalm 63 speaks of searching for God eagerly with a firm faith that God is the One who quenches our thirsting souls. The picture is of a person sitting on a dock looking out at a foggy body of water, with very little visibility. What inspires me is that the one sitting there views all of it with beauty and hopeful expectation.
We do not always get to chose the moment or environment in which to search for God. Most circumstances are beyond our control. Yet, those moments are opportunities to search for God beyond what we can see or understand; so that God can give us a new perspective. Each opportunity for a new perspective widens our vision of God in what is invisible. It is experienced and lived; even if it isn’t something that can be touched or comprehended.
Today, right where we are, whatever we are doing or experiencing; God is searching for us more than we are for God. Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB often writes, “We are seeking God, who has already been found.” God is already deep in our hearts, longing to be loved and held; only to become the most pure expression of who we really are. God’s Beloved, with whom God is well pleased.
Br. Anselm Philip King-Lowe, n/OSB