Posts from the ‘Finding God’ Category
Some people want to see God with their eyes as they see a cow, and to love [God] as they love their cow – for the milk and cheese and profit it brings them. This is how it is with people who love God for the sake of outward wealth or inward comfort. They do not rightly love God, when they love [God] for their own advantage. Indeed, I tell you the truth, any object you have in your mind. however good, will be a barrier between you and the inmost Truth.
– Meister Eckhart
I’ve learned to time things so that I am driving with a beautiful sunset off to the west as I drive home. It calms me. It gives me perspective. I think, “There is a hideous traffic jam in front of me. There are trucks on either side of me. This is a mess and I can’t believe any good will ever come of it. But look at that phenomenal sunset! Look at those clouds. Look at the reflection on the mountains. Look at how it makes the snow sparkle on the mountains.” It puts things in context.
If what we need is here within creation, this does not mean that the presence of God will suddenly become obvious to us. As we have already seen, though God is in all things and underpins them as their animating source and destiny, at the same time we must admit that God is not to be reduced to or identified with anything in creation. God is everywhere and nowhere at the same time. God is transcendent.
– The Dark Night of the Soil an essay in Wendell Berry and Religion, edited by Joel James Shuman and L. Roger Owens