Where Is God?

by Melodius Monk  

As children, we are taught the answer to this innocent and curious question, simply, that God is everywhere. But as adults we often need reminding. Flying across Texas, headed for our first choir concert, I was reminded of this simplicity. It was a perfect flight for gazing out the window; it was daytime and we weren’t flying at too high an altitude — above some clouds, below others — with clouds thin enough in places to see land below and seemingly infinite sky in all directions. While flying, this view never ceases to both take my breath away and stretch the comprehension of my mind at the same time. Most days, the vastness and enormity, and especially the wonder of a child’s question “where is God?” are lost on me.  Instead, the question “where is God?” usually really means, “I’m not satisfied this very moment, help,” or “why can’t I have what he does?” Of course God is there and listening, always, but I too quickly forget that he is sovereign over all, and I need reminding that I’m just a little part of his much bigger and better plan for all of us.

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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