God is Everywhere

Dear Reader:

I still have my Presbyterian Children’s Catechism ( introduction to the Shorter Catechism that I learned later….) The tenth questions asks” Where is God” and the correct response: ” God is everywhere.”

At a certain cognitive level… I know this but when a daily meditation by National Bestseller Author-Richard Rohr-explores this ” simple” response we discover that the depth of this acknowledgment is deeper than our conscious can initially absorb.

My favorite children’s story …introducing this important concept …comes from the cutest book –Does God Have a Big Toe!

Rumors started that a big flood would end the world and the animals knew they had to find God and quickly! But where did He live?

The elephant, bragging about being the biggest land animal, decided Good would be found on the biggest mountain top. But he didn’t find God.

Since the eagle could fly so high surely God lived in the highest place in the skies. He flew as high as He could and then yelled out to God but was met with silence.

The Lion thought, like himself, God most be louder than him so he roared and roared to no response.

The three animals shook their heads in defeat…. they sat together by a river until the fish spoke up. ” We live in the oceans, seas, rivers and lakes because water is everywhere-above and below us… water is all around. If the water is everywhere, God must be everywhere too. ”

( The story ends with God saving all the fish-just not two of each kind of animal-because only they knew where to find God. Everywhere! )

But children grow up and do we now, as adults, really comprehend the enormity of the proclamation ” God is everywhere. ” Do we realize God is in our midst every single day and there is no place on earth we can not find God.

Richard Rohr explains it this way…” We cannot ” not” live in the presence of God. We are totally surrounded by God all the time and everywhere. We have no choice in the matter, except to bring it to consciousness.

( Hard to believe St Patrick’s Day and Lachlan’s birthday is next week!) Rohr includes St Patrick in his meditation on ” God Is Everywhere.” He paraphrases St. Patrick.

God with me, God before me,

God behind me, God within me,

God beneath me, God above me,

God at my right, God at my left.

Knowing God’s presence is a matter of awareness, of fully allowing and enjoying the present moment… these marvelous moments happen naturally, normally, when we are out of the way. Even in this ” little piece of clay that we are,” in this moment of tine that we are-we begin to see it in others, and eventually, in all things.

So until tomorrow… ” God is all in all” ( I Corinthians 15:28.)

God is in all things …precisely in God’s ever-newness and God’s ever-possibility .

Today is my favorite day-Winnie the Pooh

Cherry Dianthus-new porch ” tenant”
Adding Gerber daisies to my bright ” Amen” corner!
Another re-plant from Big Red”
It looks like it is snowing from all the different pear blossoms! Days of rain are heading this way-the flowers are excited!

About Becky Dingle

I was born a Tarheel but ended up a Sandlapper. My grandparents were cotton farmers in Laurens, South Carolina and it was in my grandmother’s house that my love of storytelling began beside an old Franklin stove. When I graduated from Laurens High School, I attended Erskine College (Due West of what?) and would later get my Masters Degree in Education/Social Studies from Charleston Southern. I am presently an adjunct professor/clinical supervisor at CSU and have also taught at the College of Charleston. For 28 years I taught Social Studies through storytelling. My philosophy matched Rudyard Kipling’s quote: “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Today I still spread this message through workshops and presentations throughout the state. The secret of success in teaching social studies is always in the story. I want to keep learning and being surprised by life…it is the greatest teacher. Like Kermit said, “When you’re green you grow, when you’re ripe you rot.”
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4 Responses to God is Everywhere

  1. Bernice Sturkie says:

    I feel that I know you from all your fan club at the Dorchester Presbyterian Church members. Hi, I am Bernice Sturkie. I am so happy to meet you via your Chapel of Hope blog…..Such comforting heartfelt words for my morning! Because I thought you would enjoy my own “Southern” take away from this morning’s lovely message, here it is… A Southerner’s Interpretation of 1 Corinthians “God is all in “ya’ll”. 😁
    Thank you so much for your lovely words for my mornings.
    thuperslp@gmail.com

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    • Becky Dingle says:

      Bernice…I feel like I already know you…a new friend with wit and humor – my favorite two-some!!!! :)Will definitely share the southern interpretation of 1 Corinthians in tomorrow’s post – I love it – will never be able to return to the original! 🙂 Hope to meet you in person soon as the weather improves.

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  2. Rachel Edwards says:

    Love this…❤❤❤

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