The 13/14th century German theologian Meister Eckhart said:
“What our Lord did was done with the intent, and this alone, that he might be with us and we with him.”
So often God gets imagined like a distant deity who is disappointed in us [best case] or angry at us [worst case].
So often having a relationship with God is seen as nothing more than obeying a certain set of rules. We do what God says and we hope that keeps us out of trouble.
In Jesus, however, we get a picture of what God is really like. God wants to be present with us. In Jesus God took on human skin. He laughed and cried. He felt joy and pain. He is present to us.
Not so we can keep the rules better, but so that we can be transformed by his love.
Recently I heard someone ask the question, “are you present to God?”.
It took me by surprise. Most of my life, I have prayed that God would be present to me. What I have just started understanding is that God is present to me…but I am not always present to him.
One of the things I have been praying each morning is simply, “God, help me to be present to you today.”
I want my eyes open to experience the “Divine in the daily.” I want to be aware of his voice, his work, and everything that he wants to say/do/be in me and through me.
I have to admit, I fail at this more than I actually do it. But my prayer is that I will become more and more present to the God who is so present to me.
Are you going to be present to God today?