On a cruise vacation a few years ago, my wife and I visited the Island of Gozo, part of Malta, where we toured the Ggantija Temples dating back to 3600 BC. This makes them older than the pyramids of Egypt and Stonehenge in England. Eighteen hundred years before Abraham, these ancient ruins reveal the human heart attempting to acknowledge a cause, force, or person larger than itself to explain our existence.
The psalmist announces, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour fourth speech; night after night they display knowledge. (Psalm 19:1-2)
God created us with a desire to seek him. It is part of our DNA. Intuitively, we know that there is something more than ourselves to explain all that we observe in the world in which we live.
God demonstrated his great love for us by becoming one of us in the person of Jesus, in order to bring his presence into the world in a very visible way at a specific time in history. Jesus demonstrated his great love for us by sacrificing his life to free us from the grip of sin and Satan’s power over the world. By the resurrection of Jesus, God confirmed the saving nature and power of that sacrifice.
In contrast to the people of the ancient world, we are blessed to have the benefit of God’s revelation through the prophets, scripture, the words of Jesus and the teaching of the Church over many centuries.
God’s plan for creation is to dwell in us, his human creatures, who were the last act in his creation. He accomplishes this through his son, Jesus Christ, so that we, with the power of the Holy Spirit, can partner with God in bringing his presence to the people and circumstances of our lives.
God never stops reaching out to us. Like the Father of the prodigal son, he is always waiting to receive us. (Luke 15:11-32) Even when we have turned away from him, he is still seeking us. Like the shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine in search of the one lost sheep, God never stops loving us. (Luke 15:1-11)
We are incomplete without God in our life. No matter the knowledge we have gained, the success we have achieved, the fame we have experienced, the wealth we have accumulated, the friends we have made, we are not complete and will not be satisfied until we ask the God of all creation to dwell in us.
Forgive me, Lord, for the times I have excluded you from the core of my life. Come, dwell in my heart.
“Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” (Is. 55:6)
Do you have a sense that there is more to life than what you are experiencing?