Have you ever asked anyone, “Who is God?” I asked a group of third-graders that question and they suggested that God was an old man with a long beard like the famous painting by Michelangelo. I have also asked adults that question. Many have come up with the same image that the third graders did. Others have an image of God that is more like Neptune, ready to throw a spear or a bolt of lightning in judgment whenever they have done something bad. Some see God literally as a judge. Several see God as a father, caring for them. A few see God as a mother, nurturing them. Still others see God as a vague sense of universal energy. I’ve been reading a thread by several attorneys discussing whether the Higher Power of AA is considered God or simply something outside oneself. One friend of mine envisions God￼ like her grandmother, sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch, waiting for her with arms wide-open.￼When Moses asked at the burning bush, the answer he was given was that God is I Am.
After much debate, the Church, once it was organized into an official structure, gathered leaders who determined that God is a Trinity:
- Creator/Source/Father (Men were believed to provide all that was needed to make a child in those days);
- Son/God incarnate (God in the flesh);
- Holy Spirit (the breath of God giving life and help and moving everywhere, including dwelling within humans).
I believe that God is bigger than any box or name or any other limitations we can devise. Yet this “Mystery” draws us in, meets us where we are, treasures each and every one of us, sees our potential and seeks to help us grow fully into who we are meant to be. When we are willing to enter into relationship with God, we accept a responsibility to offer this same love and care to others in whatever way we are gifted and able. In doing so, we bring blessing to others and glory to God.
Our broken world is calling to us. God is calling to us. Let’s do what we are called to do and be.