The Mamushi Book of Life: 9. Where is God?

Where is God?


When I was a younger person I used to go to the maximum security prisons to visit those therein to talk to them and to teach those who were interested the Nature of God. My formal education and theological training, oftentimes, did not prepare me for the questions that were being directed to me. There was this one man, a young, intelligent person, who directed one of the most difficult questions to me that I have ever encountered. He asked, in his exact words, "Where is God at?" Scholars of English may note right away, that his English is not proper, which would lead one to think, "This man is ignorant." But one would be wrong to assume that he has a lack of knowledge. Lets break his sentence down. It starts with "Where." This insinuates that he does not know where God is. "Where is God?" He is not saying that there is no God. He is only stating that he does not know where God is. There is a psalm of David, Psalm 14:1, to be exact, that reads, "The fool has said in his heart, There is no God." This prisoner was not saying that he does not believe that there is a God. To the contrary, he believes that there is a God but he does not know where the God is.

Now contemplate the "at." Many English scholars would simply state that this man is speaking poor, or improper English. And maybe this is the case. But think about it, the word "at" and the way it is used in this question. He is asking, "Where is God "at?"" He is using the word "at" to ask specifically, "in what area can God be found, or what location is God near, or is God enclosed within some area? "Specifically, where is he At?" My first reaction was to reply, "I don't know where God is "at?"But I didn't say this. I told him that I would give him some examples in Nature and in Life that helped me to understand God and to become satisfied that I did not need to know, exactly, where God was, in a particular place, at a particular time.

I told him that I had been taught, even as a child, that God was "omnipresent," that is, he was "everywhere simultaneously," or everywhere present, at the same time. I told him, this is what I was taught by Bible scholars. Then I told him about the hymn that I was taught when I was a small child that helped me to know where God was, titled, "I Come To The Garden Alone."

I sung the hymn to him as follows:

I come to the garden alone

where the dew is still on the roses

And the voice I hear falling on my ear

The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me , and he talks with me,

And he tells me I am HIs own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

He speaks, and sound of His voice,

Is so sweet the birds hush their singing,

And the melody that He give to me

Within my heart is ringing.

I'd stay in the garden with Him

Though the night around me be falling,

but He bids me go; through the of woe

His voice to is calling.

And He walks with me, and he talks iwth me,

And he tells me I am His own;

And the joy we share as we tarry there,

None other has ever known.

God is with us all the time, I believe. But in the garden his presence is especially felt by those like myself who love to work in the garden. I leave these thoughts with you. As you go, Peace.

Dr. Haddox

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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

That was beatutiful, Dr Haddox. Blessings


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Dr. Haddox 5 years ago from a Franklin, Tennessee native, who travels globally. Author

Enlydia,

Thank you for your support for my work. I am glad that you enjoyed the "Where is God?" hub. I appreciate you.

Dr. Haddox

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