In my younger years, on more than one occasion, I would look for something, but to no avail. After telling my mom that I could not find it, she would shortly present it to me often with the admonition, “You may have to move some things.” Now, decades later, as my son cannot find the jelly which is hidden in plain sight behind the mayo, I hear myself say the same thing, “You may have to move some things”! Was my son really looking for the jelly… or was he really hoping it would just jump out and into his hands? “Just move the mayo!”
This same effortless search brings to mind the logic of an atheist. How can the atheist see this amazing creation: the tall, majestic mountains, the beautiful seas, the power of a thunderstorm, the intricacies of nature, the expanse of galaxies, even the complexity of the human eye, and say with prideful confidence, “I do not believe in God, because I can see no evidence of God”? Well, child, open your eyes. If you cannot see what is right in front of your face, there must be something in the way. Though perhaps not as simple as to move the mayo, something needs to be removed from your life. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1). “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the Earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God” (Psalm 90:2).
Chances are, if you are reading this, you are not an atheist (yay!). But it may be that though you believe in God, He seems hidden or far away. Have you become His child in the way He has plainly revealed in the New Testament? (Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:6; Matthew 7:21; Acts 2:20) If yes, has something been placed in front of God? He has not moved. He is not out of reach. Are you sincerely looking for Him or just really hoping He will just jump out and pop into your life?
Romans 1:20 says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his everlasting power and divinity, that they may be without excuse.” There is no excuse, though many are offered. If you would see God, then open your eyes and see His handiwork everywhere. Come to know Him, His will for us, His love for us, all in His inspired Word. If you cannot see God, what is obstructing your view? You may have to move some things!
By Kristy Woodall
Kristy lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with her husband who has preached at the Northeast church of Christ for the past 10 months. She has two near-perfect boys: Lee (age 16) and David (age 10). She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, teaching children and teen girls’ Bible classes, hiking, camping, interior design, and has a hobby of cake decorating. As her boys are getting older, she is considering being a nurse… “when she grows up.”