From the work in progress Life: A Book About Learning to Live
By Jim Rosemergy
“Is your life proof that I exist?”
I’m convinced that God exists, but there is no universal proof that this is so other than the fact that an overwhelming majority of people on earth believe in a higher power. Although this is heartening, it is not conclusive since in years past most of humanity believed the stars were gods and the earth was flat. Perhaps the time will come when humanity will devise a scientific experiment that will prove the existence of God; however, I suspect God is not waiting for humanity to conceive its experiment. The Creator has devised Its own experiment. It’s called life.
Life with its joys and anguish tends to cause us to contemplate not only our physical birth, but our creation. Our search for purpose and meaning naturally leads us to wonder about the complexities of life and the vastness of the cosmos. Surely, this is not all chance. There must be a divine plan at work and a reason for our existence. And yet, there is also human suffering and the often asked question, “How could an all-powerful creator allow the atrocities and suffering endured through the ages?” Thousands of fists have been shaken to the heavens, and perhaps even as God’s existence is questioned, the fist raised to the sky is an acknowledgment, if not a hope, that God does exist.
It may be true that there is no universal proof of God’s existence, but there is the confirmation that comes from individual revelation. This, it seems to me, has always been the Creator’s method. Spirit reveals Itself not to the masses, but to the individual. We want to know if God cares and a butterfly lands on our hand. We wonder if we are God’s beloved and suddenly feelings flood our being and we weep, not because we are alone, but because we finally know we are not alone. We experience the pain of the loss of loved ones, and in the midst of the pain, a profound peace visits us and carries with it a message that all is well. The proof is personal, and just as we ask if God exists, God asks us, “Is your life proof that I exist?”
Remember, we are not in search of answers; we are in search of questions that stir us and transform us. God’s question, “Is your life proof that I exist” is such a question because it rises above reason and intellectual posturing. It points us once again to God’s great experiment—life—and asks us to ponder the way we live our lives.