Acts 17:26-27 (NRSV)
“From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him.”
Am I groping for God?
“How do I work? I grope,” said Albert Einstein. A brilliant scientist admitting he worked by groping. Not a recognized scientific rendering of Good Experimental Practices (GEP), but an admission to a necessary practice when one does not know what lies ahead. Much like any of us have done when the power to our house goes out in the night and we’re forced to find our smartphone, we grope for it in the dark. Today, the brilliant scientist working on a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 are realizing they are groping for an answer. This novel coronavirus causes a variety of symptoms that seem unrelated but may be clues to the weaknesses of the virus: blood clotting; kidney damage; brain inflammation; lung damage; skin rashes; intestinal disfunction. One more bit of scientific background: it is thought that both our genetics, immunity, exposure (dose), severity of exposure, dictate these variations. What does this have to do with our passage? The way we search for answers in science can be like the way we search for God … groping. This means we feel our way in the darkness to find God. Many of us cannot see any evidence of God in our lives, but we’ve come to that point in life when we desperately need God. Perhaps, it could come when if we were to contract SARS-CoV-2, with no certain path forward. The good news is that, unlike a coronavirus, God works to be found. As we grope for God, God is coming closer to be found, “for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which is lost. If you are seeking God, keep groping, for God is seeking you, too.
“Too often we spend all our time seeking God for answers to our problems when what we should be doing is just seeking God.” Anonymous
 Luke 19:10