The infinite is in everything, are you looking? What does it mean to “see God?” Can God be seen? Or is God simply felt and interpreted?
“The Prophets Isaiah and Ezekial dined with me, and I asked them how they dared so roundly to assert that God spake to them; and whether they did not think at the time, that they would be misunderstood, & so be the cause of imposition. Isaiah answer’d. ‘I saw no God, nor heard any, in a finite organical perception; but my senses discover’d the infinite in every thing and as I was then perswaded, & remain confirm’d, that the voice of honest indignation is the voice of God, I cared not for consequences but wrote.’”
(William Blake, “A Memorable Fancy” from The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, plate 12:6-10, ca. 1789-1790).
According to Blake, Isaiah did not organically or finitely see God, but discovered God through his senses. His senses are acute and aware that honest indignation is the voice of God. Try meditating upon that idea. It changed my life when I did.
Blake lived his life reflecting upon the “infinite in everything.” He believed that behind every physical and organic thing there was a spiritual element. In everyday life God could be seen. Blake opposed Enlightenment philosophy in favor of believing there was something not just equally real, but more real, beyond organic matter.
For Blake, seeing did not mean viewing something with your eyes, it meant seeing with your mind, heart, soul and spirit. It meant discovering the presence of God everywhere.
What would it look like if you began searching for God in all areas of your life? In everything you see, feel and experience? Would your perspective change? Maybe God is not somewhere out there, but right here.
When you ask God to come and meet you in a time of need, maybe your request is really bringing you to Him. Perhaps when the call is answered it does not mean that God has arrived, but that you have arrived. Maybe seeing God means being at a place where you can see the Infinite God at work in everything.
Think about it, and let me know your thoughts on the matter.