I love this by Father Richard Rohr. “Our task is to find the good, the true, and the beautiful in everything—even, and most especially, in the problematic. The bad is never strong enough to counteract the good.” So life can be experienced as a giant game of “Where’s Waldo?”. Actually, where’s God?
Or…we can choose not to live that way. We can dwell in the unremarkable. We can complain a lot. It’s easy.
But finding God in all situations is a practice I want to get more serious about cultivating. Rohr pointed out that a lot of people in the Bible didn’t find him on holy sites or sacred ground, but in ordinary places. A barn. A piece of land covered in thickets. A boat. I was just with some beloved friends and several times during the weekend, one of us would say, “I feel like we’re on sacred ground.” We weren’t talking about the literal ground. We just sensed that God was with us.
The task of finding God in all situations moves us into the reality of God, uncovering all sorts of surprises and actual answers along the way. This changes everything.
I think some things are hidden until we have the eyes to see, ears to hear, and the willingness and humility to receive. “There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” Luke 12:2.
I’m excited about this practice. The alternative is just so…unremarkable.