"We have what we seek, it is there all the time, and of we give it time, it will make itself known to us." - Thomas Merton
We do not find God. God finds us.
The other day I was listening to another audio retreat, this one from Fr. Gillick. He talked about how we look for God and sometimes we think we find Him. But, Father said, in reality it is God who finds us. God comes to us where we are and makes His presence known to us.
As Merton said, We have what we seek. We are just not always aware of Him. We are not always giving God time to make Himself known.
I often seek God at the beach. I seek God at my church. I seek God in silence.These are places where I feel I so often connect with God. But it is really God who "finds me". It is in these "places" where I give God time. And it is these places where God often makes himself known to me.
I love this whole picture that Father Gillick paints here for us. The idea that God loves us so much, that he will chase us down, as the Hound of Heaven, that He will come to us where we are, and make His presence known to us.
We do not find God. God finds us. Because He loves us that much.
1st published on my blog 7/27/09