Lent is the perfect time to consider the nature of God. I used to think it was simple. The Old Testament gave us the impression of an all powerful, vengeful, and angry God, and then God sent us Jesus to say, “You got me all wrong. I am all about love.”
I suspect it is way more complicated than my simple view of God’s nature, and I find myself asking lots of questions such as, is God standoffish or involved in out daily lives. Does he/she sometimes use “tough love” to teach us? The list of questions about God’s nature can last a whole Lent.
I also wonder if he/she would prefer we paid more attention on the needs and cares of our brothers and sisters, and a little less time contemplating the nature of God.
One thing I know is that when we come across a really good person or an act of kindness we are given a window into the true nature of God. This also tells us to worry more about the mirror. When we look at ourselves in the mirror, do we see the nature of God? If we don’t, we have work to do. I know I certainly do.