“Surely the LORD is in this place–and I did not know it!” – Genesis 28:16
We often assume God forsakenness. It is easy for us to see the world around us as rejected by God. We may even ask, “How could God be involved in the craziness of Syria, in the callousness of Washington, in the insanity of the internet? Are these places not God forsaken?
But, like Jacob, placing his head on a rock for sleep, we are in the presence of God and we don’t know it. Too often we can’t believe that God would be present in abject suffering and sorrow.
Thomas Merton says,
“Come, let us enter the house of the Almighty and stand to praise him.
Let us sleep like eagles in the cliff, let us rest in the power of the Lord our God!
Let us hide in the great mountain of his might, Who dwells concealed in the midst of a forsaken people.
Even His thunder is a refuge of the poor!”
It is good for us to recognize the presence of God in the humble, the broken, and the suffering. In this way, we may discover that God is even with us.
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.