I got home last night, from a two-day trip to Foxwoods. My friend Nancy invited me to go with her to a convention and natural foods expo that was held there. I had not been to a casino in years. There was loud music, flashing lights, tons of slot machines…not my idea of a “spiritual place” …on the outside. But what is a spiritual place anyway? I feel “connected” to the Spirit when I look for that connection. When I look for things to appreciate instead of criticize, compliment instead of insult, similarities instead of differences. There was a lot to appreciate on that trip for me: very friendly staff throughout the entire complex, the company of my good friend, delicious food, clean, comfortable rooms….where is the Spirit of God?
I read this wonderful parable once about a little boy who was born very “different”. People in his village started to say that he had a gift: an unusual connection to God. The “elders” did not like this because the boy refused to go to church, and instead could be found roaming the hillsides, fishing, or sitting by a stream during the services. As the boy grew, they kept trying to trip him up with trick questions. One day, after much thought, they finally felt they had the perfect question. They called him to the center of the village, had everyone gather around, and said to him, “We will give you an orange if you can tell us where God is.” The boy was silent for a moment and kept his eyes down. They thought they had him. He then looked up, and said, “I’ll give you two if you can tell me where He isn’t”.