Is God Always with Us? (By Amy Zucco)
If we listen for it, look for it, are silent enough in our hearts to be aware of it, there are love notes from God surrounding us everywhere. It was a sleepless night, I was restless, I was a teenager in a world that had so many big questions and here I was, a young girl, trying to answer so many of them. To this day I don’t know what drew me to do it, but I slowly pulled back the window curtain, and the light from the moon immediately shown on my face and almost blinded me. My breath was taken away. Looking up, there they were, the night sky was sparkling so bright! The stars had been there every night and yet somehow on this night they were brighter than normal and as my heart yearned for God to answer these burning questions about family, friends, love and school, He silenced me with what I saw. There was a sudden peace as I gazed at this dark sky with so many stars winking at me. And then it came, it was simple, almost too simple, it was the knowledge that this, this breathtaking night sky in front of me, was a love note from God! I fell asleep that night knowing that in the midst of the ups and downs of life there would always be a place I could go to be reminded of His love. St. Paul of the Cross said, “Let all creation help you to praise God. Give yourself the rest you need. When you are walking alone, listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, the sun and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to proclaim the greatness of the one who has given them being.” How often do we follow that sound advice?
Much of the time, the busyness of life creeps in and we can go days, weeks, months, and even a year or more without recognizing the ways that Christ romances us and desires us. Yet, around us there are so many ways to experience His love in a tangible way. Maybe for you it’s not a night sky, maybe it is the simple act of kindness when a stranger opens a door for you, or a hug from a friend after a long day at work. All of these are ways to experience something outside of ourselves that can draw us back to Him and remind us that He is always with us and cares about us and all of the small details of our life.
I often think back to that night where I truly felt romanced by God and I realized that it changed me. He was no longer far away, He used the beauty of His own creation to draw me in and show me a part of the divine. From that day forward the night sky has always been a comfort and a tangible example of the depth of His love for me. I encourage you dear friends to allow yourselves to be romanced this Lent. In the suffering allow yourselves to be drawn closer to His heart so that He can show you the beauty that surrounds you in nature, in others, and in yourself.
Have you heard God speak? Tell us in the comments!
Amy Zucco is an adventurous gal with a missionary heart. She loves being the wife to her college sweetheart and is still in awe that she gets to be the mom of two loving and courageous boys. She has a heart for empowering those around her to live the life they were called to live and is passionate about making her house a home and bringing healthy living into every home. She loves a cup of freshly brewed coffee in the morning with her husband, a good dance party, and a day exploring the world around her with her family!
Cover photo by Michael Shainblum Bottom photo by Igor Miske