The Romans had a fair 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 and gathering, fire and the underworld, harvest and wisdom. Vassals would turn to a specific god to sort out a precise issue within his domain. Perhaps if Julius Caesar had consulted the gods and goddesses of his Republic then he would have been aware of a plot to eliminate him. Probably Mark Anthony’s feet would have been swift to warn his buddy of the mortal threat in Curia Julia.
The practice of Pantheism is part and parcel of human history. Recently, these proclivities have been dressed in new attire and sprinkled with fragrance to yield the seemingly redolent and appealing worldview: The New Age Movement. 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 board on your way to 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 translate to 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 inert.
He is apparent 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 fiends that keep rearing their monstrous heads cannot abbreviate 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 before there is an Alpha. He sees your life as a whole; a complete package.
Chapati is one of my favourite food. It would be quite 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 our lives look futile and purposeless because we try to understand it with our finite minds. We are dividing the elements in our lives and interpreting them independently. It is the business of splitting hairs, and it nevermore ends in peace. That is not how God wants us to see life, for all things are working for our good.