I found this comic in my Facebook feed. Something I posted several years ago. I wrote this to go with that post back then:
There is something deep-in-the-gut true about this cartoon. I’m certain when we meet God face-to-face he/she is not going to look like who we thought. Hence why I added /she. Maybe I should add /dog too.
We are going to be so surprised at what God looks like.
Our judgment of God may not be truth.
“There are two gods: the one we see through our shame and the One who actually is.”
That quote comes from this book that is very Bravester—and you need to read it. Your life will be slightly braver because of it. The book is The Cure by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall of TrueFace. The book is actually a parable so it is easy to read. Not easy to forget what you learn.
Shame is a liar. Shame distorts the truth. Shame survives by convincing you that you are alone. (Read that voice here.) And that God hates you. Or is at least distant to you. Or is meh towards you.
Perhaps God gave us dogs so we can see who God is.
Perhaps God gave us sunrises on beaches so we can see beauty that is hard to put into words so we don’t box God with our limited words. Perhaps God allows hurricanes to ravage those same beaches with such destruction that we wonder if God even exists. Then we see that God does in the many hands of the volunteers who rebuild the destruction.
Perhaps God is uncomfortably undefinable. We prefer the comfort of what we can define.
God is certainly not male. Certainly not gray-haired Caucasian.
God is surprising. And seen clearly when we look. Even on those days when we are looking through darkness.
To those who feel not loved, there is this odd and wonderful verse for you in a lesser known book of the Bible:
I will show love to those I called ‘Not loved.’ And to those I called ‘Not my people,’ I will say, ‘Now you are my people.’ And they will reply, ‘You are our God!’” Hosea 2:23.
You have your picture of God. God is going to continue to pursue you and love you anyway because he/she is love. God defines love as a pursuing force that is not dependent upon your response back. How you image God cannot change this. God is not limited by your image.
May you bravely see God today personally involved in your life. May you be surprised.