“I Am Who I Am.” The words spoken by God to Moses long ago kept coming back to me. I could hear them in the recesses of my mind each time I sat down in my little cabin in the woods, where I was preparing a series of messages for a youth group retreat in the bush of Ontario, Canada.
When the week in the wilderness arrived, these words came even more alive.
“I Am Who I Am.”
God is big, powerful. To look at a great mountain or ponder the power of rivers, seas, and storms provides evidence of this. He is everywhere all the time; there is no place where he cannot see and hear. He knows all things, even the deepest places of our souls. He is uncreated. He transcends definition. Even wisdom submits to him. Omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. He is beyond.
Although God is beyond, he reveals himself in many ways. His fingerprints are all around us. They are on the campfires we so enjoy sitting around, in the majestic rivers that flow into the sea, in the wind that moves through the trees above, in the storms and rainbows that stir our senses, and in the stars that bring light to the day and evening skies.
We can’t see God, but we can see his handiwork in these things, and I believe that by exploring them we can know him in deeper ways and discover spiritual parallels to our own lives.