A legend says that, at the beginning of time, God resolved to hide himself within his own creation. As God was considering how best to do this, the angels drew around him.
“I want to hide myself in my own creation,” God said. “I need to find a place that is not too easily discovered, for it is in their search for me that my creatures grow in spirit and in understanding.”
“Why don’t you hide yourself deep in their earth?” the first angel asked.
God pondered this a moment and replied, “No, it will not be too long before they learn how to mine the earth and discover all the treasures it contains. They will find me too quickly, and they will not have had enough time to do their growing.”
“Why don’t you hide yourself on their moon?” said the second angel.
“God gave this more thought but then replied, “No, it will take them a little longer, but eventually they will learn to fly through space. They will arrive at the moon and explore its secrets—and they will find me too soon, before they have had enough time to do their growing.”
The angels were at a loss to suggest any more hiding places. There was a long silence.
“I know,” piped up one angel, finally. “Why don’t you hide yourself within their own hearts? They will never think of looking there!”
“That’s it!” said God, delighted to have found the perfect hiding place. And so it is that God secretly hides deep within the heart of every one of God’s creatures, until that creature has grown enough in spirit and understanding to risk the great journey into the secret core of its own being. And there, the creature discovers it creator, and is rejoined to God for all eternity.
from One Hundred Wisdom Stories, by Margaret Silf