Belief can be a hard thing to hold onto. We look around us and feel completely alone in the world, despite being surrounded by people and constantly connected with technology. Churches and their leaders can feel disconnected from God with their focus on practice and doctrine. The universe is so big and we are so small in it, how could there ever be anything greater out there that cares about us? The fact is, we are looking for God in all the wrong places. Belief comes from within.
On this topic, Anne Wilson Schaef writes:
“We cry to a God ‘out there,’ and our voices return like burned-out spaceships that have traversed the universe. We ask authorities how to experience God and realize that they have come to worship their rituals and techniques, yet seem to know little of God. No ancient prophet lost in the wilderness felt more isolated than we do as we buzz around the wilderness of our cities and organizations. How could any God get through this steel and concrete?
Yet, when we stop, we have a glimmer of understanding of what it means to say that ‘the possibility of experiencing God is innate.’ We do not have to look for that possibility. It is already in us.”
The thing about God, the universe, a higher power, or whatever you want to call this being is that He lives inside us, as well as in every fiber of the greater universe. He is a power and energy that flows through every single cell of every rock and tree and creature that exists. We don’t need to look outside ourselves to connect to God. We need only look within. Our belief comes from ourselves, as does our experience of God. Each of us has a unique and personal relationship with this being if we so choose. All it takes is belief.