The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Memos to God: Image

Dear God,
What do you look like?

Alex Johnson, 7, Zion Lutheran Church, Rockford, Ill.

Dear Alex,

Wow! What a hard question. You know what? I don't think anyone really knows.

As far as I know, no one, even during the times of the Bible stories, ever saw God. Do you remember the stories of Moses? When God gave Moses the tablets with the Ten Commandments, Moses didn't see God — he heard God. When Samuel was a boy in the temple, he heard a voice calling him as he was falling asleep. That voice was God too.

People today still know when God is in their lives. Sometimes people hear God's voice in the words of the Bible, or in the words of their parents, teachers or pastors.

Sometimes people look around the world and are amazed. Who but God could create such a beautiful sunset or the whales in the ocean or the tiny ants that crawl along the ground trying to join your picnic?

Have you ever seen the wind, Alex? I bet you've seen what the wind does — it catches your balloon and sends it into the sky. The wind makes your kite fly high above the treetops and blows a flag in the breeze. When we watch those things, we see what the wind does, not the wind itself.

We can think of God like that. We can't actually see God and know if God looks like us or not, but we can see the world that God loved and made and the people whom God loves. Sometimes the things people do and the words they say show us what God is really like too.

Maybe, just maybe, no one has seen God yet because God wants us to picture God in our own special way. When the time is right for each of us, we will see God and know for sure what God looks like.



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