There is in most of us an insatiable desire to want to know the make-up and disposition of those about us. We never stop looking for clues that will indicate to us the nature of the personality of our colleagues in daily work. We probe and search for signs of the emotional equipment of our children. Biographies and autobiographies are read with great interest because we are curious to know what the subject of the biography or the writer of the autobiography is like. When one of our friends meets a figure of celebrated reputation, the persisting question we want to ask about the well-known person is “Well, what is he like?” “Describe her for me,” someone asks. We ask this question about God.
The whole burden of the churches in our communities, therefore, is to lead people toward a better understanding of the God with whom we are dealing. For, make no mistake, we are not in this thing alone. There is someone else who is at work in this world. When Albert Schweitzer began his work in Africa, he went to a certain village and was seeking to convert the chief of that village to the Christian faith. During the course of his conversation, Schweitzer tried to describe the Christian God to the leader of the tribe. After a while the chief cut in on Schweitzer and said, “Yes, we know that at evening when the sky lamps come out there is someone who passes on the edge of the forest, but we never call his name.” Many of us never call his name, but there is a God who passes over and over again the places where our lives are cast.