The Monk and the Hermit... (The Lord Is Not There)
The kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.
– Jesus, Luke 17:20&21
Thanks to everyone to downloaded "The Lord Is Not There" and for the kind words. A friend of mine was once tell me about how much he liked "The Lord Is There" and when I corrected him about the title, he gave me a curious look. The meaning behind the title comes from a story about a Franciscan Friar's encounter with a hermit.
The Friar was walking through the dense woods on the east coast when he came across a hermit who had committed to living a life of solitude in a small hut located somewhere in that wilderness. They spoke with one another for a little bit and then carried on their way, but after a few yards walk the hermit called out, "Friar!"
"I'm not able to share with people like you are, so would you tell them something for me?"
"Yes! What is it?"
"The Lord is not out there!" Then the hermit smiled and went on his way.
What the Friar concluded the hermit meant was, we need to stop searching for a Loving God "out there," somewhere other than where we are at any and every given moment. God is not out there. God is here.
Elijah's story in 1 Kings 19 resonates with this. The Lord is not out there in the wind, earthquake, or fire. Jesus brings definitive clarity to this when he says, “The kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”
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