BY JON PAUSLEY - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OKOBOJI BIBLE CONFERENCE MINISTRIES
The sunrises in January are spectacular. There is something about the cold air, crystal cloud formations and vivid colors in the sky.
I see them more often because it seems the sun does not rise until the middle of day. Perhaps the July sunrises are just as beautiful, but I more often catch the sunsets then. If you ever doubt God is there consider the early morning light show a way of God allowing a part of himself to be seen.
The Message version of the Bible reads Romans 1 in this way:
The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see — eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his diving being.
A friend of mine shared a story about a couple who met in college, fell in love and are now married. The couple was reliving the night they met. It was at a party at a friend's house. The house was crowded.
The husband's version of the story was: "I saw you at the party, I approached you and that is how this romance started."
The wife responded: "It was not that you saw me it's that I positioned myself in a place where I could be seen."
Sometimes we find ourselves seeking God. Life circumstances can drive us to a point where we seek beyond ourselves and what we can control. Sometimes I think God — like the wife at the gathering — positions himself in a place where he is seen.
Maybe you are not in a place to trust the goodness of God or believe that you can be loved by him or that he desires to know you. If so, take a moment to reflect on any time in your life that God positioned himself to be seen.
Perhaps it was in a sunrise, perhaps through a caring person or a circumstance that just seemed too improbable to be a coincidence. Open your eyes, look, and allow yourself to find God. He is not hiding.