Image of God

"For those willing to keep heaving themselves toward the light, things can change. What has been lost gradually becomes less important than what is to be found. Curiosity pokes its green head up through the asphalt of grief, and fear of the unknown takes on an element of wonder as the disillusioned turn away from the God who was supposed to be in order to seek the God who is. Every letdown becomes a lesson and a lure. Did God fail to come when I called? Then perhaps God is not a minion. So who is God? Did God fail to punish my adversary? Then perhaps God is not a policeman. So who is God? Did God fail to make everything turn out all right? Then perhaps God is not a fixer. So who is God? Over and over, my disappointments draw me deeper into the mystery of God's being and doing. Every time God declines to meet my expectations, another of my idols is exposed."― Barbara Brown Taylor


As you reflect on your current life situations and feelings and struggles about them, do you see hints of distortion(s) of your image of God? Referring to the story of Jesus healing the blind man, a Benedictine monk (Bede) said, "By this miracle, Christ teaches us how great is the spiritual blindness of man, which only by degrees, and by successive stages, can come to the light of Divine knowledge."
Could your current disappointments, frustrations, anxieties, and pain be an invitation to move deeper into the light of Divine knowledge? What do you need to release or embrace to turn away from the God who was supposed to be in order to seek the God who is?

Roxanne O'Reilly 

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