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Posted by Taylor Sandlin on with 5 Comments

One of my goals this year is to be more attentive to the presence of God in the world around me. I want to have eyes that see and ears that hear. A wonderful little story about seeking God’s presence is told by Rabbi David J Wolpe, in his book Why Faith Matters.

There is a story of a Hasidic rabbi whose child used to wander off to spend time alone in a forest. Concerned and curious, one day the rabbi pulled his boy aside to ask him what he was doing. 

"I go to the forest to find God," said the boy.

"That's wonderful," replied his father. "But you need not go to the forest to find God. Don't you know that God is the same everywhere?"

"God is," the boy answered, "but I'm not."

As I approach this new year with the desire to know God more, I wonder, what steps can I take to position myself to know him better? Christ himself took time early in the mornings, away from the crowds, in a garden, or up on a mountain in order to be attentive to God’s spirit. I don’t think our places and times for seeking God must be identical to Christ’s. Kitchen tables after everyone has gone to bed may be as wonderful a place to find God as a garden early in the morning. The key is to find a time and a place where we can genuinely seek him.

So what works for you? What are moments in the past when you were more attentive to God’s presence? What helped you be more attentive? Where, today, do you find it easiest to discover His Spirit?

O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you;

my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you,

in a dry and weary land where there is no water. (Psalm 63:1)


Grace & peace.

Pastor Taylor


Bill worsham January 19, 2018 1:47pm

Wonderful story and how true.

Amy Hedges January 19, 2018 1:58pm

Nature is an awesome place to meditate.....especially where there is running water!!!

Candy Chowdhury January 19, 2018 2:27pm

In my chair in the living room every morning before my husband gets up. No lights on. Just a cup of coffee in my hand and total silence.

Dani Daniel January 22, 2018 8:59am

Amen. I find His creation so wonderfully captivating! It draws me into a place of joy and worship! And wonder!

Anonymous January 22, 2018 1:53pm

My daughter had to to a meditation exercise for her spiritually class at Fort Bend Christian and then write a paper. It was about finding a place to contect with God, one of the options was to meditate in creation. I proof read her paper and I think it was a positive experience to help her realize just what your writing about.