God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.
My husband, Danny, and I share a lot in common, one thing being we like to keep the house neat and orderly. A place for everything and everything in its place could be our motto.
But there is one exception.
It's the kitchen dishtowel. Every time I finish using it, I hang it over the handle of our oven door, so it's easy to reach when the next bout of pots and pans hits the sink.
Makes sense, doesn't it? At least, I think so.
Not to Danny. Let him loose in the kitchen when he's cooking and wiping his hands, and there is no telling where the dishtowel will end up.
Sometimes, he actually folds it!
But it's never, ever over the oven handle.
When I go to clean up after we eat, I inevitably pull a rinsed pot from the sink before checking to see if the dishtowel is where it's supposed to be. When it isn't, I feel like a kid looking all around at Christmas for the elf on the shelf. It's never far away, but always, always out of convenient reach.
You'd think I'd have learned by now to search it out before I tackle what's in the sink. But I haven't. And even though I could choose to let this quirk of Danny's get under my skin, I don't. Actually, I find it more amusing than annoying. Good thing for him, right?
And I recall Acts 17:27 quoted above. God, unlike my same-place-draped dishtowel, is neither static nor predictable in the places and times where He meets us; where we meet Him. He wants us to seek Him out, reach for Him daily, and expect to find Him in the unexpected and unusual, in the ordinary and mundane.
Reach. Seek. Find.
God is never far away from any one of us.
Are you reaching and seeking to find God?
Prayer: Father, too often we think we can only find You in a singular place, such as church, the Bible, or in our prayer time. Remind us that You are everywhere and in everything, and we can always find You if the eyes of our hearts are open. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.