God invades our lives. We are often lulled to sleep by this life. We live out our ordinary days doing our “have tos” and finding solace in our glasses of wine or perhaps something stronger, our weekend warrior mentality or drown ourselves in mind numbing activities. Most people are not thinking about God- they are going to work, driving their cars and thinking about the next project at work or the long list of emails to answer that day. As life lulls us to sleep, our stronger emotions are designed to keep us awake. Fear, anger, even loneliness and sorrow wake us up- if we allow it. Good science starts with questions. All of life deals with problems and questions. Faith does this too. Faith and science are committed to rationality. There is a rational connection between what we see in the world and something greater that is largely unseen. God gives us opportunity to ask questions-He doesn’t ask for blind faith. Real faith starts with a question. “Who do you think God is?” “What is my purpose here?” “Who am I?” It is good rational to ask questions.
The problem is when we are lulled to sleep we are not asking questions. The questions we need to be asking are pushed aside. And our uncomfortable tugs of desire are drowned out. Although I want to come to some kind of harmony with my doubts and evidence in the world around us, I am afraid of evidence that creates reasonable doubt that there is more to life than this dimension offers. It is that reasonable doubt that pushes us at some point to take a step with moral certainty to be part of the conversation with God. From the beginning of time He has been inviting us in.
What we often finds happens in our half asleep state of living out our ordinary, mundane lives is that there are distinct times when God invades. C.S. Lewis said that pain is God’s megaphone to the world. Is this how He gets our attention? People are quick to ask: where is a loving God in the face of much suffering and pain? I would say he is present.
He does not abandon us in our pain. He invades our everyday, doing business as usual lives through trials, through difficulties. We don’t even ask questions about God when things are going great, but when tragedy hits, or we face a crisis, or even in our stronger emotions that we try to push away, we wake up. Trials may work against our natural complacent life, but trials work for you to live in a deeper way with those around you and in your spiritual journey. For those that learn to embrace the trials and tribulations that fall on all of us-believers or not- we find in ourselves greater maturity, strength and deeper trust. There is a richness to be gain that we have to be awake to find.