Lisa G. OBrien

contemplative musings on transformational mysteries

Knowing God

There is something innate in every human being that we desire to know God, see God, understand God, explain God, and connect with God. For some, it's a dim flicker that fades quickly and gets covered up and for others, it's a burning flame that cannot be quenched. For most, it is somewhere in between, but the desire surfaces consistently through this journey of life. We work so hard to know God. We seek, we search, we learn, we study, we practice, we work, we serve, and we strive. All in an effort to know a little bit more of who God is.

Sometimes words repeated become just words and lose their meaning. There is a familiar Psalm that says, Be still and know that I am God. How many times do we read that or hear that and just let the words fall on deaf ears?

What if knowing God is less about moving and more about being still? What if we just stop? Stop trying, stop seeking, stop learning, stop serving, stop striving....for just a minute.

A moment of stillness and quietness to allow God to show us who He is. Have you ever been in a room full of people who know you and yet you feel as if no one really knows you at all? I wonder if that's how God feels when we are so busy running around trying to know Him.

I love the way the Message communicates this scripture. It says,

Step out of the traffic! Take a long, loving look at me, your High God, above politics, above everything.

I love the word picture of stepping out of traffic. My life feels like a highway sometimes and the traffic is bumper to bumper going 100 miles per hour. The mental picture of just stepping out of that noise and nonsense for a minute is a powerful image.

The concept of taking a long and loving look at God, above everything else that vies for my attention, is complicated. My eyes are easily distracted by the sights and sounds of my daily life. To take a long and loving look at God requires serious focus and intention for me.

But, at the end of the day, I am one of the ones that really wants to know God. I want to experience Him in my every day life. I want to know that He is God and I am not.