When my children were small, they had a favourite bedtime book called ‘Where is God?’ As you might guess, there were lots of flaps to look beneath as a little girl called Katy went looking for God around the house, in the garden, in the park. Her eventual conclusion – helped by her mother – is that God is everywhere, and is to be found in the wonder of creation, the love between people, and in the millions of interactions which make up daily life.
Sometimes we feel God especially near us in particular places, and that is not wrong. Jesus took his disciples up a mountain where his glory was revealed to them in a new way. The glorious truth is, however, that Jesus is as present in the hospital ward, the factory floor, the kitchen, the classroom and the office as in a church building. Jesus knew what it is to be human from the inside, and no depth nor darkness so thick that he has not been there already.
This Lent, let us be encouraged as we discover the presence of God through the Holy Spirit in more and more of our lives, and in more and more unexpected places. Lent reminds us that Jesus is as close in our pain as in our pleasure. Keep alert – you never know where you might encounter God this Lent.
10 March 2019: In the desert
Luke 4: 1-13
17 March 2019: On the mountain
Matthew 5: 1-11
24 March 2019: At home
John 12: 1-8
31 March 2019: In relationships
Psalm 91 and Luke 13:34
07 April 2019: In suffering
Luke 13: 1-9
14 April 2019: On the way of the cross
Luke 22: 14-end