Many fairy tales, Fr. Charles Miller, C.M., suggests, can be interpreted with an underlying religious meaning. For instance, in Cinderella the prince who is determined to find the maiden fair, who is hidden in poverty and obscurity, can be understood as God seeking the human person. However, Fr. Miller says that some Christians without realizing it, behave as though they see themselves as the prince in Cinderella, and see God as the pretty maiden whom the prince seeks and finds. These Christians seem to believe that it is they who must seek God, they who must take the initiative to find him.
It’s not the human person, however, who seeks out God; rather it’s God who takes the initiative in searching for the human person. St. Augustine writes that when we seek God we have already found him. God is always present to us; we need only turn to him who has already found us.
“The divine power has freely bestowed on us everything necessary for a life of genuine piety through knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and power.” Fr. Miller puts it very succinctly, “We have not found God. God has found us.”
God has bestowed on us sensitivity to his movements as he pursues us. We have to activate this God-given sensitivity; we have to set into motion our spiritual search-engine, that we might become aware of the Lord as he pursues us.