Our View of God

As a young person, I belonged to a small church of a dozen or so people, most of whom viewed God as a judge, eager to dispense justice, and reluctant to show grace. J.M. Henson wrote a hymn that we sang on a fairly regular basis. It was entitled, “Watching You.” Some of the lyrics are as follows:

All along on the road to the soul’s true abode, There’s an Eye watching you; Every step that you take this great eye is awake, There’s an Eye watching you. Watching you, watching you, Ev’ry day mind the course you pursue; Watching you, watching you, There’s an all-seeing Eye watching you.

Honestly, I never liked this hymn, but it captures the picture I had of God at that time. Instead of a loving Father, I pictured God as a big eye in the sky, looking down with a scowl, but never a smile. 

How do you view God? As a great eye in the sky, watching your every move, eager to accuse you, or a loving father with eyes that dance with kindness and delight? If we are to heal our faulty pictures of God, we need look no further than to Jesus himself. He is our picture of God (Jn. 14:9). In him we see the Father’s true face. 

Father, reveal yourself to me afresh each day. Help me see you as you are, not as I falsely imagine you to be. 

Amen

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Early Morning Longing

As I prepare to head to the gym for the first workout of the year, I’m reflecting on Psalm 63:1.

“You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.”

In the quiet, stillness of this new morning with the year’s first snow on the ground, I’m aware of a constant in my life. It is not loneliness. It is a persistent ache that refuses to go away, a longing for the kind of love that isn’t earned and can’t be taken away.

As I prepare to leave, the love that I long for calls to me. It beckons me to remember that He longs for me as well.

It is a wonderful moment when you discover, and yes, experience, the truth that God longs for you as much as you long for Him. 

God, in these moments, help me remember that this kind of awareness is constantly available to me. Amen