Christianity 201

May 14, 2011

God is Looking over Your Shoulder as You Read This

A great post from Randy Bohlender, which appeared on his blog under the title — it will make sense in a minute — 

God, Jesus, The Holy Spirit and Chicken Man

Back in the sixties, there was a radio drama spoof featuring a crime fighter in a chicken suit. Yes, it seems silly now…well, honestly, it was silly then too.

The signature sound marked the end of each episode:  A voice over would proclaim “Chicken….Maaaaaaan!, and  a manic crowd in the background would emphatically shout “He’s everywhere, he’s everywhere!”

If you’re completely lost, listen to the original episode here.

So I was in the shower this morning – really, this is where these thoughts come to me – and I began to think about how God’s omnipresence was explained to us in Bible college.

Our professors handed us the mantra “There is no place where God is not,”, which, though technically true, sounds about as compelling as the Chicken Man’s signature shriek.   Combine the two for fun.

There is no place where God is not.

He’s everywhere, He’s everywhere!

I can’t help but think the omnipresence of God means something far more immediate than the ubiquitous whereabouts of Chicken Man.  Interestingly, I can handle thinking about an all powerful, all knowing God being in Chicago, Calcutta, and Catan, because in thinking about Him in those places, I don’t think much about Him being here.

With me.

Glancing at what I’m writing.

Taking a sip of tea from my cup as we talk about me taking a sip from His.

I desperately want to live with a greater awareness of the immediate presence of God.  Yes, He is everywhere, but He is also near.  He sees everything, but He also sees me.  I want my decision making, my ethics, how I treat my children and how I treat a stranger to reflect what I know about the presence of God – specifically, that I am in it, as I sit at my table or walk the aisle of a big box store.

We’ve mystified the presence of God to refer to those times when we feel His presence in a tangible way.  Whether it’s a powerful sermon or (more likely) that great key change on the song you like, there are times when you feel Him near, but they’re rarely the times when you need to be aware of Him the most.  You need Him most when you feel Him least – in a hundred different decisions made daily.

Yes, He’s everywhere, He’s everywhere.

But He’s also right hear.  Listening.  Speaking.  Wanting.

In your pursuit of the God of the Universe, don’t ignore the God in the room.

 ~Randy Bohlender

1 Comment »

  1. I am reminded of the old hymn Moment by Moment . . .

    Never a trial that He is not there;
    Never a burden that He doth not bear;
    Never a sorrow that He doth not share;
    Moment by moment I’m under His care . . .

    Right through that hymn it talks of “bad” times when Jesus “abides with me still” and while that is a comfort, I agree that we need to remember (yes, we already know it) that He is ALWAYS there. Our response might alter if we stopped to remember this at times and call on His help.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds — May 15, 2011 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

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