A Guide to Finding God

People tend to find God in the mountains

or the desert, somewhere unsheltered

by the infrastructure of the city –

Search for God in a city, you come back

with shopping bags and pizza;

search for God in the wilderness, you find God

because there is nothing else to find –

You carry God back in your camping lantern,

but, like a jar of fireflies, the spark

typically dies on the drive home.

You pack that dusty jar of exoskeletons

in the garage, the attic, perhaps the basement

somewhere alongside other boxed relics

unearthed only for special occasions.

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From The Sunday Muse #184

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Written for The Sunday Muse #184 and Twiglets #251

56 comments

  1. You nailed it, JYP. How often we go out to find God and bring home gods instead? As a side note, when I’m in the wilderness I am so distracted be all the critters, plants, geology, grandeur, and minutia, God is a part of it and all of it.

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  2. What an awesome poem! It reflects something everyone goes through, how fragile our attention is. Our deepest desires are so easily overshadowed by the noise of the world. Love the “shopping bags and pizza” image.

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  3. Reminds me of the quotes ‘… in all your ways know Him”.(Proverbs 3.6)
    There’s also ‘…Let all your deeds be for the sake of heaven. (Avot 2:12)
    I don’t have to seclude myself in the mountains to find Him. I can also find Him while eating that slice of pizza, at the shopping mall, or in my garage.
    🙂

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  4. Wonderful poem and right on point. The difference between God and Goods is os, which is bone-in Latin. (Not sure where this is going.) But the two words share many letters and the order in which they appear.

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  5. Boxed in the attic or on display (but not used) in the curio cupboard.
    When politics take over and there is no peace.
    That’s when folks leave the ‘flock’…
    And keep only their hearts open to ‘sparks’.

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  6. A.W. Tozer once said “To have found God and yet still pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love”. He is Spirit, yes, but He’s also very real and very alive. Psalms 63:8 in the Passion Translation reads “With passion I pursue and cling to you. Because I feel your grip on my life, I keep my soul close to your heart.” Another favorite of mine from that version is Psalms 25:14, which reads “There’s a private place reserved for the devoted lovers of Yahweh, where they sit near him and receive the revelation-secrets of his promises.” 🥰

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      • You probably know from reading my blogs that I believe Jesus is the Messiah, and that all Old Testament prophecies surrounding the Messiah spoke of His first coming as the Lamb of God who was sacrificed once and for all for our sins, rose from the dead and is now seated at the right hand of the Father; and His second coming as the Lion of Judah who has inherited the nations and will reign forevermore. The New Testament teaches that the Holy Spirit indwells believers, and is with us always. He is our comforter, teacher, counselor, guide, prayer warrior, and friend. He never leaves us or forsakes is. This is something I can personally testify of, for my relationship with Him is as real as my relationship with anyone else. So for me, inspiration setting or not, I am always aware of His presence ❤️

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        • That is pretty amazing that you always feel awareness of divine presence / Holy Spirit!
          I think that arguably, one should always be aware of G-d, regardless of location. I think that having an awareness of divine presence at all times regardless of setting and activity is a great spiritual goal to strive for.

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  7. Makes me think of all the camp fire conversions of church camp. Most of us are searching for an experience but ‘feelings’ are so fleeting. I’ve discarded many “beliefs” but am trying to understand the source of it all. Maybe faith is just believing that God is?

    Though provoking poem. I like it.

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    • Good point. It’s harder to worship wealth in the deep wilderness because it doesn’t help you the same way. Does a grizzly bear really care how much money you spent on your car or your clothes when it’s eying you hungrily? You almost have to seek out another entity to put your faith in.

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  8. Dear JYP,
    I have discovered your blog only today, and I feel I have been missing out on really good stuff. This, by far, is the best post I have read on WordPress. I have an innate respect for you and your writing. God is everywhere! But we only want to find him in some statue. When we accept is present everywhere, then we will reach there. The ideal utopian world.
    Kudos on being such a wonderful poet!
    ~ Arnav

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    • I’m touched by your kind words. I am so glad that you liked this post. I’m just an ordinary person, trying to find and hold on to that spark of spirituality and divinity (the holding on being harder in some ways than the finding) just like everyone else. Thank you so much! Pleasure to meet you!
      -JYP

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