Then again, God really is always present and even has a sense of humor--God's way of punching back. One morning last week I went into the bakery next door for my usual breakfast bagel. They had just made a new batch, and the server went to the oven in the back of the store to retrieve it. He reached in, and I could see a brand name on the oven door: "Panimatic," right next to a logo of three adjoining circles.
My first thought--panim el panim, face to face with God, right here in this very store! And automatic, requiring no action on my part. But what was the third circle? Maybe the three of them stood for Torah, avodah, and gemilut hasadim--follow these principles and God will surely appear.
Then I remembered "pan" meant bread in any number of languages, and that bagels are round. And acknowledged that I needed a vacation. Still, it's always good to get a reminder over morning coffee about what's really important.