We say that God is omniscient, God is love, God is all powerful. We label him with ideal concepts like these but God is also very real and now. He is real and now like the mole on my face or the certain scratch on the face of your watch.
C.S Lewis says that the strangeness of our religion was one of the main arguments for it. He says that Christianity has that queer quality about it that things have when they are actually real. Just like we would think that all the sizes of planets and dimensions of their orbits would adhere to some obvious pattern, but the reality of this universe is that they don’t.
Reality is always one step beyond what we can guess. Try predicting what will happen even in your own life. We may be able to say God is love, but we cannot say he will heal my dying aunt.
That’s one reason we prize master story tellers, because the plot surprises us.
We know the next book by our favorite author will be good. We know it will be suspense or fantasy, but what makes it worth reading is all the details inside. We know that God is good, omnipotent and all those idealic ideas, but we must remember he has specific details just like a book or your 8 1/2 year old curly haired son or the chex floating in your cereal this morning. And those details are what will be sitting beside you as you say your prayers tomorrow, for example, in the passenger seat with the little mocha stain on it in my red Honda civic on my way to work at 7:46am.