You’ve heard this type of question asked to parents who have young children who are just beginning to explore the world around them: “Parents, do you know where your children are?” You may have even heard a similar question asked middle aged or older children about their parents who may be experiencing Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia: “Due to their mental condition, you need always know where your parents are.” Either way, it is to remind us if we are sure that those we are responsible for and who we love are safe and well cared for. It is meant as a gentle and loving reminder concerning the fact that sometimes we get so caught up in the busy rush of our modern daily lives that we forget what is really important. Now I am asking you an equally important question, not because you are responsible for this being’s health, safety or social acceptability; but, quite the opposite, this one is responsible and cares for you.
— Do you know where your God is?
This question has been a point of controversy between many religious people for millennia. Some have said that the Creator enlivened specific statues, while others claim his being is omnipresent, unable to be contained in any specific item or body. Some believe the one we call God is in a specific temple, tabernacle or cathedral, while others say this claim is but to put limitations upon a power which cannot be contained. Some believe God to be on a distant planet, in another dimension, or as an energy source yet unknown or unknowable to mankind; while others believe the Creator to be throughout the universe including being right here on planet Earth. How unlimited the theories are. How diverse they seem to be. Is it any wonder that the study of faith in Christianity is called theology (theory-ology)?
So how can we know where our God is? Well, first we must ask ourselves if we believe God really is somewhere. In short, is the Creator real or just a figment of our imaginations? To answer this one must first ask the question if the things we see in the natural world could really have developed without some sort of intelligent oversight and intervention. Just to look at your own hand or foot and the complexities in your own body should answer this for you. And then there’s DNA. This is not to say that evolution was not a tool by which physical living animals were created, it just means that such development most surely was guided by something greater.
Now, if that be the case, and not only mankind but all living creatures on this planet and perhaps all other inhabited planets along with the stars were carefully planned and formed by some creative force, if we are to rightly understand the teachings of the world’s religions leaders about this, then before the creative process began, nothing we know currently existed. Then bang (and this was evidently a big bang as many scientists describe it) stars and planets were flung into space and the process of establishing the possibilities of physical life began on this planet.
But what was all this “matter” created from? Does it really matter? I dare say that while some believe that the big bang was a mass of matter which exploded uncountable millennia ago, others believe it was the essence of God himself being spread, universally, to make life possible. This life is like light against darkness, showing direct opposition against lifelessness, or more specifically, the fear of lifelessness.
This esoteric discourse has probably lost most of my readers to where they have already gone on to something to view on the Web which is less heady and cumbersome; but what I believe, myself, is that God is everywhere, in all things, at all times and that we must recognize this to feel comforted by the fact that we are never alone. To me the answer to where is my God is simple:
God is in the smallest atom,
and the mightiest star
God is in the wooded forest,
and the endless ocean.
God is in the forest bird’s songs,
and the lion cub’s play.
God is in the sleeping infant,
and the aging grandparent.
God spans the universe,
and yet is within his temple within you and me.
Now it’s your turn. Where is your God, your Creator. Where do you experience him as a protective father. Where do you see evidence of her love as a mothering caregiver. Please place your comments below for others to see. Perhaps it will help others realize where their God is also.