The Romans had an adequate supply of gods and goddesses. Theirs was a society of Pantheons. There were gods and goddesses for fertility, home and hearth, wine and partying, hunting, fire and the underworld, harvest and wisdom. They would turn to a specific god to sort out a precise issue within his/her domain. Perhaps if Julius Caesar had consulted the gods and goddesses of his Republic then he would have known a plot to eliminate him was being cooked by the senators. Probably Mark Anthony’s feet would have been swift in running to warn him of existing mortal danger in Curia Julia.
The practice of Pantheism has been with humans for many years. It is a still practised across the world and adherents number in millions. Recently, these practices have been dressed in new attire and sprayed with a sweet smelling aroma to come up with New Age Movement – a philosophy that is self-defeatist. A conglomeration of Eastern mysticism, Western materialism and narcissism have pervaded humanity’s social fabric with a promise of at best alleviating pain and suffering or at worst living beyond them.
God has not left any vacuum that has to be filled by men’s unfulfilling philosophies. He is found right where you are. The Christian God is a relationship God. He is in that matatu you board. He is in that SGR train you intend to board on your way for a holiday at the Kenyan coast. He is on that aeroplane. He is in the boardroom, in the office, in your car, in your sitting room. He is omnipresent. He is the centre and the circumference of this life. He will still be with us even when we decide to make a bed in hell.
His hiddenness does not mean His absence. He does not always appear in a way directly accessible to our physical senses. In most of the time, our spiritual senses are dull. He is obvious to those who put their entire trust and faith in Him. The one who watches over you will neither slumber nor sleep. The pain, suffering, disappointment, discouragement, frustration, fear, anger, anxiety, failure and all the ugly ogres that keep rearing their ugly heads cannot diminish the fact of God’s love towards us.
God has an eternal perception of our lives. He sees the end from the beginning. He understands the Omega even before there is an Alpha. He looks at your life as a whole.
Chapati is one of my favourite food. It would be very offensive if you gave me wheat flour to eat, followed by water to drink, then cooking oil, and other ingredients separately. It is nauseating to imagine one can separate these elements and enjoy eating them. However, something happens when they are put together and taken through fire. The end product is not just palatable but delicious too.
Sometimes your life looks futile and purposeless because you are looking at it narrowly. You are separating the elements in your life and analysing them individually. That is not how God wants you to view it, for all things are working for your good.