What Does God Look Like?

Today Cazandra and I went to see “The Shack.”  The movie was a beautiful adaptation of the book by the same name.  My theological head fired on all cylinders throughout the film as the nature of the Holy Trinity, the nature of despair, and the nature of forgiveness and reconciliation centered around the lead character’s struggles to overcome a life filled with struggles of all kinds.  In the end, he discovers the incredible and amazing love that God has for His children.

One of the themes that held my attention was the very different depiction of God.  At times God is revealed as a black woman, and other times He is displayed as a  Native American man.  Each manifestation of the Creator provided the guidance that the main character needed at different times on his journey.  Sometimes he needed a mother, at other times he needed a father.  Whatever he needed, God made it happen.

Life is often like that.  Divine revelation comes to us in whatever form we need to grow in our faith.  God enters our stories in very mysterious ways, always seeming to be what we need when we need it.  Holy guidance, illuminating our footsteps on the journey.

Today, I am grateful for the beautiful reminders of how God is constantly with me, surrounding me with hope and love that goes way beyond my understanding.  Let us remember that through our wilderness journey, God is present with us.  We are not alone, for God promised faithfulness as we travel on our path.  Praise be to God, for the Father’s (and Mother’s) unfailing love for us.

About joekmac

I am a pastor in the United Methodist Tradition. I am the Pastor of Rio Rancho United Methodist Church in the New Mexico Annual Conference. I am married to Cazandra and have two sons with hemophilia.
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