"Why can’t we see God?”
- A Curious Kid
Dear Curious Kid,
The Bible actually has a few stories of people seeing God, but that doesn’t seem to happen today, does it? Even in the Bible, it seems like God mostly shows up in other ways. One time in a burning bush, another time in a pillar of fire, and another time in a quiet wind. I think one reason we don’t see God is because God is more and bigger than a person or an object. For example, we say that God is Love. Can you see love? Well, yes and no. I can’t hold “love” in my hands, but I can see love happen. So, sure, we don’t see all of God like a big being in the sky or something, but we can see God living and loving and doing things around us!
Mother Teresa once said, “I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus.” She saw God in every human being, and she loved and helped them, because she loved God so much. We can see God in other people, in the beauty and wonder of nature, and in our own lives, in a way, even if we can’t take a picture of God standing in front of us.
Faith Formation Facilitator at CPC
Are your kids asking great questions about faith? I want to help equip you to answer those questions! If your kid asks a good one, and if you feel a little bit out of your element trying to respond, please send it to me here: Questions from Kids. I will do my best to respond in a way kids can understand. My hope is not to give you the answers, but that YOU will feel confident in your ability to answer these tough questions when they come up.