A couple had two little boys, ages eight and ten, who were excessively mischievous.
The two were always getting into trouble and their parents could be confident that if any mischief occurred in their town, their two young sons were involved in some capacity. The parents were at their wit’s end as to what to do about their sons’ behavior.
The parents had heard that a clergyman in town had helped parents with their children in the past, so they contacted him, and he agreed to give it his best shot. He asked to see the boys individually, so the eight-year-old was sent to meet with him first. The clergyman sat the boy down and asked him sternly, “Where is God?”
The boy made no response, so the clergyman repeated the question in an even sterner tone, “Where is God?”
Again the boy made no attempt to answer, so the clergyman raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face, “WHERE IS GOD?”
At that, the boy bolted from the room, ran directly home, and slammed himself in his closet. His older brother followed him into the closet and said, “What happened?”
The younger brother replied, “We are in BIG trouble this time. God is missing and they think we did it!”
I hope this little joke gives you a smile as it did me!
All of us – at some time or another – will feel that God is missing in our lives.
At this point in our evolution – in our spiritual development – we begin searching for God, and this almost always happens when we find ourselves in a situation that we cannot solve by ourselves. Up until then, perhaps we’ve managed to do alright by ourselves, but then it appears –some kind of trouble -and we know that we need to find something greater than ourselves to meet it.
And that’s when it happens. In our readiness and receptivity, we earnestly want to find God for ourselves – not what the world has told us about God – no, we want God Himself to reveal Himself to us.
Ralph Waldo Emerson put it this way:
“When we have broken our god of tradition and ceased from our god of rhetoric, then may God fire the heart with His presence.
Jesus was very clear about where to find God.
Behold, the kingdom of God is within you. -Luke 17:21
The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. –Mark 1:15
The Kingdom of God is inside you and all around you. –Gospel of Thomas
When we are ready to accept this for ourselves – that the Presence of God is where we are – we will begin to focus our prayers within our very own mind, heart, and body and we will find God there. Most everyone was taught to pray to God “up there.” What a difference it makes in our lives when we pray to God within ourselves and worship God there!
Dear Friends, if you feel that God is missing in your life, I invite you to spend time every day looking for God where God can be found – within you. Look into your mind and remember that God’s Intelligence is your intelligence. Look into your heart and feel that God’s Love is the Love that heals you and the love that you share with others.
Look into your body, and realize that God’s Life is the life of your body and that every atom and cell is filled with the Spirit of God and healed by Its love.
Sometimes we pray to a God outside of ourselves. It is the God in the midst of us that frees and heals. … You need to think of God, the all-powerful Healer, as being already within you, in every part of your mind, heart, and body.— Myrtle Fillmore