My friend, may I ask you a question? Where is God? Is God where you are right now, wherever that might be? Like the leaves which cover the ground everywhere at this time of the year, is there anywhere God is not? Is there anywhere that we dwell where God isn’t already dwelling?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
We live in the company of hundreds, literally thousands, of Beech and Maple trees here at Beech Springs. And, by the way, it's leaf pickup time. That means that there are literally tens of thousands of leaves on the ground right now waiting to be picked up. Recently I complained to a friend that my biggest problem wasn't the amount of leaves to be picked up but not having enough places to put them once I've picked them up. He responded with the admonition that there ought to be some place on the property where there were fewer trees and available space to dump. You know what? There isn't. There are a whole lot of trees and, really, few places left to dump the leaves that I pick up each year. I'm literally running out of room. There are few if any places where leaves aren't this time of the year.
Where is God? Is God where you are right now, wherever that might be? Like the leaves which cover the ground everywhere at this time of the year, is there anywhere God is not? Is there anywhere that we dwell where God isn’t already dwelling?
Here's a story: A learned, theological school instructor was taking a bus to class one day. As he scanned the choice of seats he discovered that the only unoccupied seat was next to a little boy. His keen eye detected that the little boy was grasping firmly to what appeared to be a Sunday school book. A good choice, he thought. He seated himself down next to the lad and asked him, "Do you go to Sunday school, my boy," he asked in a friendly way. "Yes sir," the lad replied with a smile. "Tell me my boy," he continued confidentially, thinking to have some fun with him, "tell me where God is and I will give you this apple I have in my pocket." The little boy screwed up his face as if to say in a frown "what a foolish question." He looked at the professor sharply and quickly, confidently replied: "I will give you a whole barrel of apples if you tell me where His is not!" (Complete Speakers Sourcebook)
Where is God? The Bible tells us that He is "near you." But, what does that mean? If you are searching for God in your life perhaps you should search no farther than, well, everywhere. Like those Beech and Maple leaves here at Beech Springs, there literally is no place where He isn't. That little boy had it right; God is not something or someone that we need to be searching for since He is already near us, seeable, searchable and readily known. God is. He IS. He is under you, around you, above you, in you and beside you. Fortunately, unlike those leaves, He is everywhere; and that's exactly where we need and want Him to be. As Christians you and I need to understand this simple yet mysterious truth: God is. He doesn't hide and isn't hidden. He is. It simply a matter of opening your eyes and with a believing heart knowing that God IS. End your search and forget about finding Him. He has already found you. Thank Him for that.
We pray. Heavenly Father, No one is like you. You are great and your name is mighty in power. Your power created the earth and your wisdom founded the world. The galaxies were stretched out by your understanding. You thunder and water pours from heaven. The clouds rise at your calling and the lightning flashes at your command. You whisper the wind into motion. You are the Maker of all things-the Lord Almighty. Whatever comes my way today, I know that You are bigger. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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<firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.