BRITISH writer and former atheist Janet Soskice found God in the shower.
She wrote: “I was in the shower, on an ordinary day, and found myself to be surrounded by a presence of love, a love so real and so personal that I could not doubt it. I had not, as far as I know, been looking for God or thinking of God, or enjoyed a particularly good or an especially bad day.
“I could not doubt the reality of that loving presence, and still cannot. I now know that one-off ‘religious experiences’ of this sort are rather frowned upon by the best theologians as susceptible to mood and delusion, and if I have my life to live over I will try to have
a higher class of conversion experience – but this is what happened to me. I was turned around. Converted.”
She said her new-found faith gave answers to old questions but also new questions, “in a new world where even the most educated come as babes, born again.”
God does not ask us to ignore questions or disregard our doubts.
Real faith is learning to live in ambiguity with paradox and with questions for which there may be no answers in this temporal world.
Whatever happens in our lives – good or bad or just ordinary – can be the occasion for connecting deeply with the divine.