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Seeing God All Around by Katie Fox

December 14, 2013

Thanks to Katie Fox, a freshman SLAMer, for the following reflection. 

Matthew 17:9, 10-13

Why is it that so often we need to see to believe? In this scripture Jesus is telling his disciples
that they must wait until his resurrection to reveal his vision of his life, or else people would not
believe them.

When I was first figuring out my faith, having to have “blind” faith was something that I
struggled with. I could never understand that if there was a God, why would there be so much
suffering in the world? I could see God’s absence in these things, but never His presence in the
good. After going on a Confirmation retreat my sophomore year of high school I learned that
seeing God doesn’t just mean being in Church. God can be seen everywhere- in the people we
are blessed to see every day, our families, and our friends, and in all good things that happen.
Seeing God in other people has been one of the most powerful was that I see God in my every
day life. I have been so blessed to meet incredible people with outstanding stories of hope and
healing, and faith. I believe that people that special could only come from God. They help
remind me that God walks beside us always, and that seeing God doesn’t always meaning having
some sort of vision of God or having some sort of monumental event in your life. God can come
in sometimes the most unpredictable, or seemingly small things in life.

To end, I leave you with a poem called “Footprints in the Sand” that reminds us that God is always with us- even -when we cannot see God.

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One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
‘You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?’
The Lord replied,
‘The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.’
-Mary Stevenson

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