We saw Narnia: Prince Caspian this weekend. I just love me some C.S. Lewis. I liked it even better than the first. Kris prefers the first, but he is always sentimental to the first of any movies with sequels. Actually, I think he struggles with change. Like the new pair of Adidas flip flops I bought him….he still fancies his disgusting old ones. Finally, I had to tell him that breaking in his new flops really mattered to me. After all, I couldn’t bear to see the others no ‘mo. Chasing rabbits. Back to Mr. Lewis.
Just before a big battle in the movie, Peter says, “I wish He would just give me some sort of proof.” Peter was referring to Aslan who represents God in story. You see, his sister Lucy had seen Aslan at this point, and Peter was relying completely on his faith.
How often in life we have felt the same thing that Peter felt. God, if you would just give me some sort of proof. If I could just feel you, or see you right now. We especially express feelings of “God, where are you?” when tough times hit or tragedy strikes. I know when one of my best friends, Josh, passed away, my immediate response was “Where was God?” And when my first husband left me and our unborn child, I also felt that God had abandoned me, too. After all, why was I experiencing this?
Where is God? This answer has more to do with His presence in our lives more than our belief in Him. We know He exists. But, where is He in our times of need?
If you believe, like I do, that the Bible is true, then I’d start by finding Him in His Word. That’s a great place to start. Look for Him in others. Seek out those who speak life to you. Those who encourage you. Those who instill hope.
Another place to look is to the Holy Spirit. Just before Jesus was crucified, He told His disciples this:
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you….20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. John 14:16-20
While none of us ever want to endure the trials of Job, I’ve always loved the end of his story when he says, “Lord, I have heard of you, but now I have seen you.” Call on His name. He will show up….and, at the very least, give you “some sort of proof.”