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Searching For God
Those Who Know Him
Apparently there are those among us who know God. I was sitting in our local park one evening next the large band shell when I noticed a young couple doing what appeared to be pantomimes on the stage. I was curious.
I told my wife that I wanted to find out what they were doing since they had no audience except us and I don't think they even were aware of the two of us. I sauntered near them and watched quietly for awhile. Finally an opportunity presented itself when they stopped to take long droughts from their water bottles. I introduced myself and my wife, and inquired as to what they were doing. It turned out that they were preparing an impromptu pantomime skit to the glory of God and it seemed that they did this sort of thing on a regular basis, depending on when and where God told them to go. I asked them how God imparted this knowledge to them. At this point they got a little fuzzy. It turns out that they received certain feelings and impressions after praying and meditating that they interpreted and somehow came up with their divine itinerary. They didn't seem to concerned whether people showed up to their performances or not since God was their manager.
I left a little confused since I knew how easily it would be for me to convince myself that God was telling me through impressions to do exactly what I wanted to do anyway. (Honestly honey, God wanted me to eat that 7th piece of pizza. I felt a strong impression right in the pit of my stomach.) I've always thought that it would save a lot of confusion and perhaps be less dangerous if God just appeared to us and spoke in plain English, or in whatever your native tongue is instead of leaving it up to our fallible human lusts and desires to decipher.
An acquaintance of mine has a wife who sometimes wanders the fields seeking God's guidance and always comes back with His will in tow. She is pretty harmless since almost all of what she seeks is rather domestic and applies only to her family and the church she attends--no new-world-order stuff. Anyway she received a message from God that she and her husband were to sell all that they owned and move to South America to be missionaries. Her husband, a man with a modest anatomy, complied and they sold their house, belongings, and packed up what was left and put it in storage, but somehow God had neglected to inform them of exactly how they were to get to South America--or maybe He wasn't communicating with them at all. They languished for several months until they were forced to retrieve their few remaining belongings and start searching for jobs. That was several years ago and they are still ensconced firmly in North America tending a camp in return for their house keeping.
So where is God and how can you be sure you have found Him?
Finding Car Keys?
I have often been at places where people praise God for His answers to their requests and I have found out that, according to the testimonies given, He is pretty good at finding things like car keys, and lost spectacles. He, according to the praises, heals non-terminal diseases; however, if the disease is terminal the chances of a healing diminish and tend to match the odds that the doctors have given. Why would He find car keys and spectacles, but not cure cancer?
These are merely my observations and I feel very inadequate to answer the question of where is God and how can I know if I have found him. So I would like to pose this question to my readers. If you know God, and know where to find Him please leave a comment below. I am not an atheist and I believe that He exists, so my inquiry is sincere. I would like your testimonies, anecdotes and experiences.