by Alex Petric
It’s a question that’s been brought up multiple times. If we assume that God exists, where is He? How do we find Him?
Oftentimes, the majesty found in nature, such as a view from the top of a mountain, or the sheer magnitude of the phenomena seen in outer space, has been equated with the magnificence of God. But does this mean God is only found in the greatest places? In the most noteworthy moments of our lives? To the contrary, God asks in Jeremiah 23:24, “Do I not fill the Heaven and the Earth?” Likewise, a common proverb simply states that “God is everywhere.”
I’ve often wondered at this idea, especially when it came to very menial tasks, like cleaning something or going to the grocery store. In the 2010 movie, Tron: Legacy, Kevin Flynn mentions that he found God, religion, and philosophy inside computer programs he worked with. The smallest of things, things without physical form, end up revealing aspects of God to him, in part because of how devoted he was to the study of them.
Perhaps that’s an answer, then. God can be found everywhere; it’s just a matter of how hard we’re looking. Even in the Gospels, Jesus states, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9). Sometimes, though, it can be rather difficult to find God.
Whether God can allow evil to exist has been a stumbling block for many people in their search for God. It’s difficult to find God when a child dies or a family loses their home in a natural disaster. Personally, I don’t have much of a solution to the entire “problem of evil.” I think this is partly where trusting in God plays a key role. For now, we just have to believe that there is an ultimate plan in the end, or a reason for the evil we see in the world. I know it’s not a very satisfactory response, but I don’t think anyone has all the answers. And to those discontented with mixing the ideas of a benevolent god and an imperfect world, I simply hope they can find an answer that brings them closer to the truth (whatever that may actually be).