We had enjoyed a great lunch with a lovely view and as we finished our fish and chips I began to wonder where we would put all of the wrappers.
We had already walked along the path in both directions to get to the chip shop and then back again to the bench and I couldn’t recall seeing any bins.
This is a picture of the bench we were sat on at Wivenhoe Quay and those of you who are eagle-eyed will see how ridiculous that it was that I was wondering where the nearest bin was.
That’s right, there was one right behind where we were sitting!
As I thought about this later I wondered if my looking for a bin far, far away when there was one right behind me is similar to the search that some people have for God?
Some people search for God is religious or even faraway places but God really is closer than you think!
God is the God of the everywhere and the ordinary. He inhabits the everyday and is present and at work everywhere.
Jesus said ‘I am with you always’ which is a guarantee that we don’t have to look for him in far away places, we simply have to turn to him and talk.
Knowing Jesus is a matter of faith, not geography! When we put our faith in God only being in certain places then we are turning away from the reality of true God to something more religious.
So, are you going to keep searching for God in faraway places or are you going to simply turn and talk with him where you are?
Some Christians do believe that God’s presence manifests more powerful and tangibly in certain places which are sometimes called ‘thin spaces’. These places are called there is a belief that in these spaces that the barrier between heaven and earth appears to be particularly thin.
I can’t argue with people who have encountered God in special places because the same has happened to me. I guess my way of thinking has moved on to expect that God’s presence can also be encountered powerfully in the ordinary!
‘Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to him through the blood of Christ’. (Ephesians 2.13)
When Jesus died, the curtain in the temple that separated the most holy place where God was present was torn in two. Jesus died so that the barrier between us and God could be removed. He didn’t die just so that there might be some ‘thin spaces’ in special places. Jesus died so the barrier between heaven and earth would be broken wherever people of faith are ready to turn around and to encounter God.
God is no longer hiding in sacred spaces, he has broken through and is ready to know you.
Are you ready to know him? He’s right behind you!