Looking for God

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”.

8 thoughts on “Looking for God

  1. I think that parable says so much and more. I’m going to borrow it for the “pony stories” they ask for in our morning meetings at work. It is very inspirational thank you.

  2. You are so right, again!…. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow–not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.

    Romans 8:38

  3. Great story Mary! I have always felt God was all around me, especially in nature and recently a growing sense that the Divine is within us, offering us all that we need to live and love one another.

  4. I hope this isn’t too long to share, but wow, what a coincidence – I just had finished reading Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac for today (saving White Feather for last of course!) and what I am copy/pasting from Keillor speaks directly to Mary’s post. He started by saying that on this day, May 13, in 1373!, Julian of Norwich received the last of her divine visions. This is his last paragraph on Julian:

    Julian of Norwich wrote: “So I understood our sensuality is founded in nature, in mercy and in grace, and this foundation enables us to receive gifts which lead us to endless life. For I saw very surely that our substance is in God, and I also saw that God is in our sensuality, for in the same instant and place in which our soul is made sensual, in that same instant and place exists the city of God, ordained from him without beginning. He comes into this city and will never depart from it, for God is never out of the soul, in which he will dwell blessedly without end.”

    Love these “coincidences” – and love to all! Susan in AZ

  5. Mary, you’re truly magic. Everything about casinos is anathema to my personal choices: loud, garish, gluttonous in assaulting every sensory organ. But you shine the divine in your own inimitable way. I always have to stretch to stride in your footsteps—but I strive with the inspiration!

  6. Thank you for another great post, Mary. Your writings are always very inspirational and uplifting. It is such a joy to read your blog and everyone’s comments.

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