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James Taylor

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An Everyday God

An Everyday God

Insights from the Ordinary
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Work It Out Yourself!

 

A friend and I were trying to solve a small engineering problem. For his business, he needed a fairly simple mathematical formula that he could use to save himself from going through hours of trial and error calculations every time a particular problem came up.

 

It really wasn't a difficult problem, in retrospect. A graduate engineer might well have been able to give us the formula, right off the top of his head. A skilled mathematician might have worked it out for us in a few minutes.

 

But we had to start from the beginning, working our way through from basic principles and practical experience.

 

So the two of us spent a whole evening, batting ideas back and forth, struggling with trigonometry and algebra and binomial equations.

 

Eventually we got the formula we needed. When we had it all laid out on paper so that we could understand it, we had gone through 27 steps, from original problem to final formula.

 

Later, we looked again at those 27 steps. We discovered we didn't need that many. Now that we knew what we were doing, the process could be cut to just three simple, straightforward steps!

 

When I think back to that struggle, it seems very like the way I learned about God. I started from our everyday experiences. I chased up blind alleys. I missed obvious answers. I discussed my misunderstandings with other searchers, as if all the floundering were really leading me towards the truth.

 

Didn't you do the same?

 

But once we do discover God - God who has been there all the time, waiting for us - we look back and see how simple, how straightforward, the whole search could have been.

 

That's when we create trouble for ourselves, and for others. We start to think that we can save other people so much time, so much effort - if they would just follow our route to God.

 

That might be true if God could be reduced to a formula.

 

But as we keep finding, God is much more than any equation - whether of figures, symbols, rituals, or words.

 

That is why each person has to go through the struggle of discovery. Each person has to launch that individual search and make mistakes, and get lost, and eventually discover just how simple it all could have been.

 

And once your discovery has been made, all you can do for other people is to encourage them to keep on searching.

 

Even though it would be a lot simpler, you just can't make their discovery for them.

 

 

 

Bible Reading

 

Towards a fuller understanding
~ 1 Corinthians 15:11-12 and 2 Peter 5:14-15

 

Share with God some of the painful steps your faith has gone through and is still going through.
Express thanks that you were given time to grow.
Acknowledge that your faith is not yet perfect, but has more growing to do.
Ask God to have patience.

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Everyday Parables

Everyday Parables

Rediscovering God in Common Things
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Everyday Psalms

Everyday Psalms

The power of the Psalms in language and images for today
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Global Connections

Global Connections

Geography for the 21st Century
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In the Aftermath

In the Aftermath

What September 11 is teaching us about our world, our faith and ourselves
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John for Beginners

John for Beginners

A Bible Study for Individual or Group Use
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More Everyday Parables

More Everyday Parables

Simple Stories for Spiritual Reflection
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Precious Days & Practical Love

Precious Days & Practical Love

Caring For Your Aging Parent
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