God Beyond Thought

God Beyond Thought

Henri NouwenGod cannot be understood; He cannot be grasped by the human mind. The truth escapes our human capacities. The only way to come close to it is by a constant emphasis on the limitations of our human capacities to ‘have’ or to ‘hold’ the truth. We can neither explain God nor His presence in history. As soon as we identify God with any specific event or situation, we play God and distort the truth. We can be faithful only in our affirmation that God has not deserted us but calls us in the middle of all the unexplainable absurdities of life. It is very important to be deeply aware of this. There is a great and subtle temptation to suggest to myself or others where God is working and where not, when He is present and when not, but nobody, no Christian, no pastor, no priest, no monk, has any ‘special’ knowledge about God. God cannot be limited by any human concept or prediction. He is greater than our mind and heart and perfectly free to reveal Himself where and when He wants.

Henri Nouwen (1932 – 1996) in the Genesee Diary.