“We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent
and God is shining through it all the time.
God manifests Himself everywhere, in everything – in
people and in things and in nature and in events …
The only thing is we don’t see it …
I have no program for this seeing. It is only given.
But the gate of heaven is everywhere.” – Thomas Merton
Years ago I believed that drawing near to God required me to become someone other than who I was/am. Although I became a follower of Christ while the old hymn “Just As I Am” was sung, I didn’t believe being myself would allow me to get very close to God.