“Rarely do we realize that we are in the midst of the extraordinary. Miracles occur all around us, signs from God show us the way, angels plead to be heard, but we pay little attention to them because we have been taught that we must follow certain formulas and rules if we want to find God. We do not realize that God is wherever we allow Him/Her to enter.” Paulo Coelho, By the River Pierdra I Sat Down and Wept
I came across this quote earlier this week and it has stayed with me, resonating in my mind. I find it captures a revealed truth, at least for me and I’m sure it may for others. That truth is that we can be so focused on finding God when the whole time He has been with us and all around us.
There is a simplicity stated by Coelho “God is wherever we allow Him/Her to enter.” Now, I do not believe nor do I understand that Coelho is saying we have to give God permission to enter. Afterall, God created us. I understand the context of the word allow, to mean that we admit, we recognize, and we accept God has entered us. Questioning why we can’t find God comes about when we do not hear from God.
We must recognize that God can speak to us in whatever way he likes. He is a powerful and sovereign God and can speak to us by a voice we hear, by dreams, by visions. Furthermore, He has given us his Word, the Bible is God’s living and active word and He has told us that he communicates with us through the bible.
One thing I’ve come to recognize and have been paying greater attention to is the fact that His voice can enter as a thought or an impression on my consciousness, and I am guilty at times of not attributing the inner voice to its proper source. Additionally, I need to commit more time to reading the Bible, using Apps that provide daily devotions with a line or two of scripture is not enabling me to achieve God’s desired and promised communication.
I have confidence and trust that any silence is temporary; Jesus is the way the truth and the life (John 14:6).