“God and humanity are like two lovers who have missed their rendezvous. Each is there before the time, but each at a different place, and they wait, and wait, and wait. He stands motionless, nailed to the spot for the whole of time. She is distraught and impatient. But alas for her if she gets tired and goes away. The crucifixion of Christ is the image of the fixity of God. God is attention without distraction. One must imitate the patience and humility of God.”

Simone Weil

 

God has no pride.

He does everything our mothers advised us not to do. He chases us like a puppy. He hangs around waiting for us to text, or email, or phone, and when we do he always picks up, or texts back, or replies immediately. When we deign to visit him he’s always pleased to see us. He tries to get our attention, every moment. He gazes at us, doe-eyed and love-struck. He does not play hard to get.

Perhaps God would be better off taking our mothers’ advice. Perhaps he is just so available, we take him for granted.

Sometimes, it’s true, God seems hard to find. That is why we must chase him back. But in fact he has never stopped chasing us.

A love affair with God is like a chasing game in which nobody really knows who is It.

 

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