Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wednesday: Where is God in My Life?

So often we are tempted to forget how important God is in our lives.  And so often this forgetfulness may occur because we fail to truly understand and believe how closely God is related to each one of us from the moment we are conceived until the moment we pass from this life into that place we call God's kingdom.

Dr. Wayne Dyer, one of my favorite writers and thinkers, tells of an ancient tale of a young boy.  He lived in a small village.  Clearly the boy had extraordinary perceptive powers.  He was living tranquility.  Even the wise men of the village sought out his wisdom.  In trying to learn more about God, one of the tribe's elders ask the boy "If you tell me where God is, I will give you an orange."  Without any delay the boy replied:  "I will give you two oranges if you can tell me where God is not!"

We are a "chip off the block" you might say.  We are not simply human beings.  We are men and woman, surely human in nature, but men and women who have within us, something of the divine.  We do not think of ourselves in this manner too often ... it is frightening, isn't it.  Yet it is certainly a reality that can make our relationship with God and even ourselves so much the stronger.

If a person goes to the ocean and carries a small bucket out into the water and then returns to the shore with a full bucket, what does that person have in the bucket?  It surely is water but not just any bucket of water.  It is a bucket of ocean water.  Is it any less ocean water because the quantity is small compared to the vastness of the ocean?  Hardly.  It is a bucket of ocean water.

Are we not a creation of God's mind and God's "handiwork"?  When we are born, can we not say that we have come from God through the cooperation of our parents the the natural birthing cycle? Is there not something of the divine, then, within each of us?

So why is it so difficult for so many to fail seeing God's presence first and foremost in ourselves, in our very being?  Give some thought to this.  It is truly a refreshing insight.