If you’ve been a person of faith for any length of time, you have without doubt gone through the cycle of thinking, “There’s God!” You sense His Presence, you feel assured that He’s with you – working in your circumstances – your Forgiver, source of strength and hope. And then one day you’re in a dry spot, you’re facing an unexpected challenge – you have a series of things that go really wrong. And then on one terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day – you think…”Where’s God?” You talk to Him – and your prayers bounce off the ceiling – or make nests in the rafters. You lose any sense that God is there – let alone helping you, watching over you, guiding you, and hearing your prayers. Know what helps – at least theoretically? You could go through every narrative in the Bible and write in the margins: “Where’s God? Oh, There’s God! Where’s God? Oh…There’s God! Where’s God?” It’s not because He can’t make up His mind; it’s because, a) a lot of His work is hidden, and b) our fear and anxiety and, at times, despair obscures Him. Where’s God? Always, always there – we just can’t see Him!
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