Belief by Trust; Just The Beginning
Let's start this post by cutting straight through a deception, shall we?
Resources, education, spirituality : none of these are required to have a complete relationship with God. It's what makes Him so worthy to know! Therefore, if you're having trouble finding God it can't be what you DON'T have yet that is standing in your way, so let's find out what you have already, and take it from there.
As a Christian writer I recognize that one of the touchiest subjects to address, outside of its conventional guidelines, is faith. This stands out as a red flag to me considering faith is practiced to some degree by everyone, everywhere. And although 'people of faith' implies those individuals practicing within a religious order, no one grouping of people owns the copyright on this natural concept of 'belief by trust'. Our childhood is based on faith in the wisdom of our parents' advice to use the bathroom before we put on our snowsuits and not to eat bugs even if the birds do. Granted, some of us had to learn these lessons by testing them out for ourselves (you know who you are!) and in doing so, the faith aspect of that trust evolved. Trial and error were applied and the lessons learned in having to get out of the snowsuit only to have to re-bundle or getting an upset stomach by testing to see if fireflies would make your belly glow in the dark took the place of faith. Your belief in what your parents said is no longer based on trust but in experience. Apparently, they do know a thing or two.
Here's an example that almost all of us share in faith. As we gaze up at the moon we have faith in what we see. For those of us who didn't get the chance to look out the window on the journey or set foot on its surface we take on faith that our moon landing astronauts are telling us the truth about their discoveries. When we look up, we see what we have been told. And, to an extent, this is good. And even more importantly, this is necessary. And tomorrow, should our astronauts release 'never before seen' footage that shows the moon not be be a moon at all but a much larger galactic space station that needed to be concealed from the general public until now for this reason or that, most of us would huddle around our various screens to learn all we could about this new development. And the majority of us would still take it on faith that the truth was being told.
But do you know who doesn't take these events and updates on faith? The astronauts. They have seen, felt, and discovered firsthand so faith was only required of them until they 'knew'. Now, if you try to tell them something that contradicts what they've experienced they have no more reason to listen to you than you would if someone tried to lecture you on your area of expertise.
Some of you know where I'm going and this post is all you need to recalibrate your perspective a bit. I hope it serves you well. For those who need more, I ask that you think on this definition of faith for a bit. I'll post 'Part 2' and elaborate on this issue but for now, take what I've written and let it simmer. This part is important.