When you were a child, did someone (maybe your Mom) tell you that God was always watching and knew whatever you were doing, whatever you were thinking? I know I was told that and boy did that disturb me no end! God is watching. It wasn’t that I always thought of that when I was thinking about or actually doing something wrong, but afterward? I would often think – “Uh Oh! I’ll bet He saw that and now I’m forever in trouble! I broke that window and if I don’t tell Dad, God will get me, for sure.
There was absolutely no doubt in my mind that He saw. Then I would look around and try to figure out just where He was. Maybe in that corner, No! Probably next to the ceiling in that other corner. Got a throne up there. Sitting and watching. Watching. Writing things down. Can he see through walls? Can I hide in the closet? Mom said He was everywhere. Under the bed? He can’t be everywhere for everybody can He? Maybe he was watching that mean kid up the block, and didn’t see me. No, Mom said he was everywhere, and I believe that.
Where was He when you thought about Him? Maybe in prayer, for example? We always bow our head and think about Him “up there”. Listening. Deciding what to do about our silly request for a new book or dress or pair of shoes, or more seriously about Aunt Emily, who was sick.
The Vision of “God Partially Revealed” gave me an insight into not only who God was, but where he was. I had always heard that “God is in You” and “You are in God” but I thought that was just figures of speach, taken from old bible verses.
The vision taught me that we are actually living within God like a sponge lives in water. Not just us, but the entire universe is immersed in the living waters of God. That means He is not just here or there or in that corner or the other. He occupies every part of our world as if our world was immersed like a tiny round sponge in a giant tank of water. We are in God at all times, wherever we are, wherever we go. We are living in God and He is always touching us and knowing what we are up to. We are living like a tiny sponge in a vast ocean of God. Without Him, we shrivel up and die. Like a sponge without water.
The vision also taught me that God flows through our world as if we were a thin gas. We are transparent to His being. Not that He can’t see us, just that He is not affected by material things in this world – passes right through. And since we are living in Him, He is always passing through us – always in us.
Not just our world, but you and I and all our planets and the rest of the universe. As we float in God’s spirit, so His spirit flows through us. Much like a sponge immersed in water, the water also flows through the sponge. So He is indeed in us and we are indeed in Him, just as you have heard it quoted from the Bible.
It also means that everyone in the world is connected together through God. If you pray for me, God is in you and in me at the same instant, much like two sponges on the opposite sides of a vast ocean, both immersed in the same water from the same ocean. Only in this case God is taking your prayer into consideration as he cradles me in His arms elsewhere. We are always connected to God and thus to each other through Him.
So next time, don’t worry about where He is, ’cause He is truly everywhere. And we are in Him just as surely as He is in us. And don’t worry about how far away the object of your prayer is, because God is so vast that He spans everything in this universe at one time. You are intimently linked to the object of your prayer through the vastness of God.
Grace and Peace,