RARELY DOES GOD show up in a burning bush or strike persons blind to get their attention, although it has been known to happen. More often, an encounter with God will occur in an ordinary way, but the moment will feel exceptionally real. The Divine Lover comes to us as God came to Jesus at his baptism—gently, like a dove; and in God’s coming we encounter the real and everlasting.
Most of these encounters endow us with an opportunity to enjoy the gift of the moment. For some the encounter might be in the beauty of naked trees against a winter sunset, in sunlight shining through a glass bottle of cobalt blue, or in conversations with trusted friends. For others the encounter may come through the embrace of a loved one, the smell of freshly cut roses, or a felt knowledge that God loves us. Our life is a gift. With each breath we breathe we are encountered by love.
– Karla M. Kincannon
Creativity and Divine Surprise
From page 33 of Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection by Karla M. Kincannon. Copyright © 2005 by Karla M. Kincannon. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
When have you last encountered God that has felt exceptionally real. Share your thoughts.
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:1, NRSV
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