When Paul went to Athens, he was taken to the Areopagus to share this “new teaching.” In the course of his discourse he noted that their “unknown God” was the creator of all that is, who created humans and fixed the seasons and their limits.
“He wanted them to seek him by themselves,
even if it were only by groping for him, and eventually to find him.”
Acts 17: 27 – Christian Community Bible
Even if we only grope, only feel around, trying to find God, the promise is that we shall find him.
Sometime my life feels as if I’m just feeling around for a God whom I don’t see or experience. I’m groping in the dark.
Even when we feel as if we are in darkness and are feeling around in the dark room of our lives, if we keep going the promise is that we shall find him.
Even when we are confused and struggle with doubt, if we keep up the struggle, the promise is that we shall find him.
Even when the world seems to be falling in on us, and injustice and oppression keep us down, if we keep seeking for the light, the promise is that we shall find him.
It’s not always easy. It can be a struggle. We need to remember that many holy women and men experienced years of darkness and dryness of soul.
But the promise is there:
God is not far from any of us.