Yesterday my love, Allison, returned home after a weekend visit to get away from school and be with me. For three days she graced the space inside of my home, leaving her sweet aroma in every room she visited. When she finally left and I came home, I could only wander around my house to search for signs of her. The bed where she slept was unmade, the towel she used laid drying in my bathroom and her Bobby pins rested on my chest of drawers. These traces allowed me to track where my love had been.
On the same day I was missing my love, I experienced a deeper need for the presence of my biggest love: My God. I went to the places where I had met Him before: church, the quietness of my room and holy scripture. I stumbled around aimlessly searching for a sign of God. For a long time now I have been doing a lot of things for God, trying to know about God and serve Him at the same time. However, these pursuits have become tiresome as I truly miss His presence. I miss laying at His feet and being changed by His presence. I can learn about Him, talk about Him, read about Him and still not know Him or be known by Him.
I never understood why, in scripture, Paul sometimes called God "his God" (see Phil. 1:3). It's not as if Paul made God or kept God as some controllable possession, so why would he call God "his God?" Paul describes relationship with God as "being known by God" and "being found in Him" (Gal. 4:9, Phil. 3:9). As my fiancee Allison has pointed out to me, Paul's reality of God was so powerful and so earth-moving that he had no other choice than to believe. It was Paul's combined past, present and future interactions with God that made God his God. In the same way we would describe someone we love as ours' because we know them, Paul described God because he knew Him and was known by Him.
Search out the love letters He has left for you in scripture. Find the fragrant aroma of the Christ in your daily living. Please join me in being discontented with a cursory look at God. Let's stare deeply into His faith so that we may be changed into what He has made us to be (2 Cor. 3:18).