Wherever We Are, God Is
- By the Reverend Nancy Norman
We all have had the longing to connect with something more and we all have felt that there is something more for us to connect with. There are those of us who have felt empty and lost, we possibly have gone through life without hope or direction. Yet, there has always been a deep, intense, persistent desire to unite with some unseen and unexplainable force for good. Perhaps we came upon a book, lecture, or talk that sparked a knowingness in our soul, maybe a teaching that would satisfy that longing and put our mind and heart at rest; a teaching that aroused our interest and a quest for more. For many of us, the idea that God is absolute good and readily available to be experienced by and through us brought that sense of harmony and tranquility to our lives. We became aware that there was more to us and to life than what we had become used to. That something more we learned was God. We have a hard time defining God; we can only realize and experience aspects of God. It is said that to define God is to limit Him, for whatever our concept of God is, God is even greater, and even greater than our next thought or idea of who He is.
Some of us grew up with a concept of a God who was up there in heaven, an old man in the sky who was angry, vengeful and could not be trusted. He loved, hated, blessed, cursed, created, destroyed and lived only in the Ark. The people of ancient times carried the Ark wherever they went. If the Ark was captured during a battle, they not only lost the battle, but they also lost their God. In their minds, God was not everywhere present; He was present to them only if they had their Ark. We must remember that the Old Testament was the unfoldment of the God idea and the relationship of man with God. The Old Testament was teaching people how to survive. The God of the Bible evolved and a new understanding of God emerged.
Jesus, our teacher and way shower, began to teach the multitudes that God was the very good itself coming into expression as life, love, power and wisdom. At the very core of Jesus’ teachings was the idea of oneness; the fact that that we can never be separated from God because we are expressions of God.
Just as the ocean is in the wave, and there is no way the wave can be separated from the ocean, there is no way we can be separated from God.
There is a story about a little wave that was bobbing along happily in the ocean. Suddenly it notices that the waves in front of it are crashing against the shore.
. Becoming fearful, the little wave cried out “Look out! Look out! We’re going to crash!!” Another wave brought calm, saying, “Relax little wave, relax. You are safe. You are not just a wave; you are a part of the whole ocean!” We are one with God as the wave is one with the ocean.
We are told that God is Spirit, everywhere present (John 4:24).There is not a place where God is not. Wherever we are, God is. No matter what the challenge or problem may be, no matter what we are facing, God is with us. There has never been a time when we walked alone through this life experience. God has always, is always, and will always be with us. As the poem “Footprints” tell us, as we move through life we see two sets of footprints in the sand and when we notice that at times, there is but one set of footprints. It is at those times that God of God is total and absolute good, therefore there cannot be any force or power called evil. God is always the mighty force for good. God is omnipotent.
God is Spirit, everywhere present, all-powerful and all knowing. God is all knowledge and knows all. The Mind of God is universal and encompasses all things. There is an answer for every concern, doubt or fear. We are one with God Mind; God’s Mind operates through us. We have access to all the intelligence in the Universe. God is omniscient. We have a direct connection to the genius of God.
As we become aware of our new and expanded understanding of God our life becomes fuller and filled with wonder. “When we have broken with the God of tradition and ceased to worship the God of our intellect, then God fires us with His presence” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). The presence of God surrounds and keeps us secure. The power of God protects us and is enfolding us with His mighty force for good. The wisdom of God blesses us with His genius, enriching our lives to the highest degree.