Part II – Searching for Truth!
Safely back in the cabin, the next day Caleb looked gloomily out the window. The snow had stopped, and the sun was shining. The wind picked snow up from the ground and swirled it into towers two hundred feet high. Caleb had to admit that the sight was beautiful but he was still confined to the cabin. He reflected on his experience with the snow on the previous day.
He had called out, “Help me, God!” That was all. Suddenly the wind had changed direction blowing the snow away, and revealing the small cabin only a few yards away. Caleb had quickly changed direction, and headed toward the cabin. Almost instantly the wind had returned reducing the visibility to zero. That glimpse had allowed Caleb to make it back to the cabin safely. Had God really answered his prayer, or had it been merely a fluke?
He was an out-of-doors man by desire and profession and felt that every day he had seen evidence of a Creator in the Creation. The beauty of the Colorado mountains: the glowing sunsets, the ever changing cloud patterns, even the creatures who roamed the forest. All seemed to proclaim the presence of a Creator. As he reflected on these things, the desire to know more increased.
The following Sunday Caleb had visited the church in the village where they bought their food and supplies. When he had entered the room before the service started, a hush came over the crowd gathered there. His appearance was startling to say the least with large muscles stretching his coat sleeves, tattoos visible on his neck, large gages in his ears, and an unpleasant odor of weed about him. This village church seldom had visitors from the logging camp. Caleb had approached a group of men and had attempted to start a conversation, but profanity flowed from his mouth like water from a faucet. Caleb was not angry. He was speaking the only language he knew-the language of the loggers. Mothers pulled their children close to them. Old ladies avoided eye contact and began diligently to pray. Clearly Caleb did not belong there. They knew it, and so did he.
Returning home after his disappointing visit to the church, Caleb sulked. How could it be so difficult to discover the truth about God. Caleb was tired of the way his life was going. He needed direction. His life needed purpose. So for the second time in his life, Caleb prayed: “If you are there, God, please show yourself!”
Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the Lord. Jeremiah 29:14 NKJV