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About God and God Things

Updated on February 23, 2013
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To say that I am religious would not be true but I do believe in God. I can’t tell you what God looks like or how God works in the world but I know God exists. I don’t know whether God is male or female, black, white, red, or yellow and honestly, I don’t need to know. It is enough just to know that there is a God.

As I get older, I find myself using the phrase “it’s a God thing” more and more often. There just is no other logical explanation for some things. This “God thing” is apparent to me daily. It reveals itself in nature, in my relationships and, as events unfold in my life. This “God Thing” is a mystery and I hope it remains that way.

"I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in." - George Washington Carver

Understanding God is no longer important to me. I am content with accepting that there is a God. God is larger than my mind’s ability to understand. I am incapable of understanding such greatness. Let’s talk about the greatness of God for I know no other entity who can do what God does.

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God, the Artist

One only has to open their eyes in nature to see God’s handiwork. God’s artistry is ever present in nature. Have you ever wondered why each and every sunset is different? Some are painted with the most pastel colors of the palette while others are fiery red or orange. Was it God’s mood or simply the artist’s attempt to get our attention?

I know some will say these thoughts are foolish. They will say that weather creates the sunset and determines its color. To those, I would simply say – does God not create the weather too?

Another will say that science can explain the weather. To those I would simply say – I do not want to understand. I need to believe in something larger than science. God is an artist and I am a student of God’s work.

God, the Poet

Dictionary.com defines poetry as “the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts”. If this is true, then surely God is a poet who speaks to us through the silence of the natural rhythms of nature, the ebb and flow of the tide, the rising and setting of the sun, and the birth and death of all creatures. All things in nature have a beginning, a middle, and an end and the space between beginning and end is best described in poetic terms such as living and giving, soaring and restoring, transcending, ascending, and descending. Yes, science may try to explain the rhythmic cycles of nature too but I choose to believe in something larger than science. God is a poet and I am a student of God’s work.

God, the Counselor

God must get very tired of counseling. But God must also get very frustrated because our society has become one of so much pain and suffering and we are so hard-headed. We think we know it all and we so often refuse to listen to the wisdom God puts before us.

I once wondered why God did not just appear before me to present the message. But my rational mind said that even God cannot be everywhere God is needed every minute of the day. We are too sick and the need for counseling too great.

God doesn’t neglect us though. The counseling comes to us in often unexpected ways and forms. God may send a messenger in the form of a new friend or even a random meeting with a stranger. God may provide counseling in the silence of the night when that still small voice speaks to us from the darkness. And yes, God will speak to us through nature, to show us how the strong survive or how balance in our life makes room for all. Will we listen? The messenger may appear in different forms but the counseling comes from God. Science will call it physics or the law of attraction. Either way, I choose to believe it’s a God-thing and I am a student of God’s work.

God, the Musician

The voice of God is like a symphony for those who will listen and nature is the conductor. Music is often called the universal language and that is never more evident than it is in nature. Music heals. It soothes the soul and mends broken hearts. Step outside and listen to the choir of voices. Stand still for a moment and hear the birds and the wind. They sing in perfect harmony. Step outside on a warm summer evening and hear the crickets, the frogs, and the Bobwhite singing their songs. You may experience the healing of tears or feel the weight of your fear lift and vanish into the night. These songs are the voice of God, presented through nature and no amount of science can explain the healing that occurs. It is simply a God-thing and I am a student of God’s work.

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” – Socrates

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God is Ever Present

God is present everywhere, all the time and all we have to do is open our hearts, our minds, and our souls to the bounty of God’s talents. When our faith in mankind fails us, God is there. When our trust in government is violated, God is there. When we are lonely, God is there. When we are in pain, God is there. When we are afraid, God is there.

God will send a message or a messenger. God will paint a sunrise or add brilliance to the color of a rainbow. The butterfly with stained glass-like wings is no accident. The daffodil that blooms ahead of it’s time is no random act. It’s a God thing and yes, I am a student of God’s work.

I choose to believe in God. My friends who stand with me in times of trouble are a God thing. My family who finds strength when we think it doesn’t exist is a God thing. The stranger on the street who caught my eye and allowed me the privilege of hearing their story was no random meeting. I needed that reminder of the blessings in my life. This - was a God thing too.

The peace I feel at the end of the day is a God thing and I am grateful. I am grateful for the lessons and for the choice to be a student of God’s work.

© 2013 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

"The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the universe and all its powers, and when they realize that at the center of the universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that this center is really everywhere, it is within each of us." - Black Elk

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    Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

    That was just a lovely piece of writing, Kindred! We share the same thoughts on God; I don't really care about descriptions or discussions of religion. It is enough for me to believe and to see God's presence in everyday life.

    Really a very beautiful piece here, Linda! Well done!

    Have a great day!

    bill

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thanks Kindred. It's where my heart was this morning and required very little work. I wasn't sure how it would be received. Glad to see you're spending the day with family. Hope it's filled with "God Things". :-)

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    Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

    We are one in the Spirit we are one in the lord, and we pray that all unity may one day be restored. Your writing was heartfelt. The quotes were perfect. I will incorporate Black Elks into a sermon tomorrow. You did real good here!!!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Gosh Eric, you have been very generous with your compliments of this very simple one Thank you so much!

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    Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

    Especially beautiful write here, and don't know if anyone could have written is more beautifully! So, thank you dearest Linda. I praise Him for He is the author of the original "Starry Nights" and His words to me are also the sweetest. I can go to Him at any time and be comforted knowing He is there and He hears me. He is the Great Physician and healer of my heart at all times, but especially when things start to fall apart.

    Linda, please know you are in my thoughts and prayers daily.

    Voted up ++++ and sharing of course!

    God bless, Faith Reaper

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    Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

    I see you do know God the Father (Who really is always present) and I can see He touches you as He does me and many others. I hope you know God the Son also so you can know this beauty everlasting of God things. Very beautiful, God bless you.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Faith, you my friend, are living proof that there is a God. You always have the perfect words to share and yes, I feel your love and prayers daily. It is a source of strength and courage and...comfort too. I think of you daily too and pray that you are healing from the loss of your precious Mother. Thank you Faith, for your love and rayers.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Jackie. Have no worries. I am in good hands. :-) Thank you for the lovely comment.

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    torrilynn 4 years ago

    irc7815, i really do love how you incorporated God into your hub and how the quotes you used were amazingly interesting and flowed very well together . i thank you so much for this article. voted up. best of wishes and God bless.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Torrilynn. I appreciate your visit and your comment so much. Blessings to you!

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    Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

    Thank you for sharing your views of God. I do not consider myself a religious person. But, when I look at my life. I may be down now, but what a life I had! In 1995 (still not religious) I joined the Lord's army. I talked/prayed with the Lord often and served my fellow man. And We did great things.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Martin, you still do great things. Your poems and limericks bring love and laughter into the hearts of everyone who reads them and that sir, is a human service.

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    carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

    The world we live in is almost like a master painting... Nature and its colors are perfect. I think having a belief in something is so important and we can refer as we wish. Thanks for lovely thoughts, ideas and beautiful photos.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Thank you Carol. You are so right. This one started out to be about the colors in nature and look what happened. Best laid plans, so they say. lol It's a God Thing.

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    Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

    Yes, and God is a Creator, having given each of us special talents and gifts!! A special share. Thanks for making my Sunday, Linda, sharing!

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Michele, thank you so much for the generous comment. I appreciate your visit and am so glad you liked this one.

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    sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

    A prefect read for the first day (and everyday) of the week. We are blessed with God Things and His messengers. Thank you for being one and sharing your gift of insight.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello sweetheart52. Thank you so much for the beautiful compliment. I am glad you found this one worthy of your time. And yes, we are blessed in many ways.

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    You certainly know how to turn a phrase! I found wisdom and beauty in this wonderful article. I always feel better when I have taken a walk, which I try to do daily. It is my absolutely connection to God. If I am unable to take in the beauty of the outside world for whatever reason, I turn to the Bible and always find comfort. I just wouldn't know how to cope with all the sadness and pain that seems to be covering us like a heavy blanket if it were not for God.

    Voting this Way Up, and sharing. Your insights are powerful and very well written, my friend.

    Pearl

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Pearl. I love your comments and can feel your love of nature and God in every one. Thank you so much. You make my days brighter and more precious.

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    red mermaid 4 years ago

    Your writing shows you are at one with nature and the universe, there is but one creator of all things....I cannot say who or what surrounds us, all I know is when I am at my lowest point in life....A hand reaches out and lifts me back onto my feet to go on once more, that prescence never fails me in my darkest hour they surround me, comfort me and fill me with courage to live again. A beautiful hub.

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    Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

    Rather than bore you with the 'why', I will say that I agree 100% with everything you have so beautifully said here, Linda. This is a magnificent reflection that needs no scientific validation. It simply is, like God, awesome.

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    Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

    Aw, thank you Linda! You always make my days better. Have a wonderful day.

    Pearl

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    Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

    Amen! "God is a poet who speaks to us through the silence of the natural rhythms of nature, the ebb and flow of the tide, the rising and setting of the sun, and the birth and death of all creatures"...seems you know God well! This is an incredible piece Linda.

    Voted useful, awesome, and interesting.

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    teacherjoe52 4 years ago

    Good morning lrc.

    Very beautiful.

    The closer we get to our beloved the more He reveals Himself to us. That in turn turns our hearts to awe, admiration and love.

    May you enjoy Gods treasures.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello red mermaid. Thank you for the visit and the beautiful comment.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sweet Amy, you couldn't compose a boring remark if you were paid to. :-) I appreciate the simplicty of your comment because as you said - it just "is" and yes, God is awesome. Hugs to you my friend.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Mary, thank you so very much. Your comment touched my heart.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Teacher, you said it perfectly. Thank you so much.

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    Debbie Pinkston 4 years ago from Pereira, Colombia and NW Arkansas

    Linda, what a beautiful depiction of God. I share your thoughts that our human minds are much too small to understand God. It is enough to believe in God and see God all around us.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Debbie. Your comment brought a warm smile this afternoon. It is a wonderful place to be in, when acceptance takes the place of needing to understand, isn't it? Thank you so much for your beautiful comment and for the visit too.

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    Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

    What an absolutely delightful piece of faith inspired work -- congratulations, my dear. I was also tremendously impressed that you included the words/thoughts of Black Elk. I have spent some time studying him and his work/words and he was a very brilliant man whose words often sustain me personally. Thank you for sharing this writing and faith-based jewel. Bet/Sis

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Angela, your compliment means more to me than I can express. You are such a wonderful writer and for you to enjoy my work really warms my heart. I too am a student of Black Elk and other Native American who I conider great sources of wisdom. Thank you so much for your generous compliment.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Ohhh Linda I love the GOD THING.. and God is a poet.. AWESOME.. I know there is a GOD.. he is wonderful.. yes it is a GOD THING..

    wonderful hub

    sharing

    Debbie

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Debbie, you bet there is! Thanks for the visit, the compliment, and for sharing too.

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    Deb Welch 4 years ago

    This Hub was put together well - a beautiful piece of work - God had something to do with it. Blessings.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Deb, thank you so much. Every work that I finish and feel good about is a God Thing. I take no credt. :-)

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    MizBejabbers 4 years ago

    Linda, I love the quote from Black Elk and identify with it so much. As a many year student of metaphysics, I believe that religion gets in the way of true spirituality. You have identified God so poetically and so spiritually without the dogma of religion, and I salute you! In my studies, some of the masters have said that on this side of the veil the most beautiful works of art, like a painting or a song, are merely faint copies of the original created on the other side. It makes me hunger to see the original.

    What I find so fascinating is that about 10 years ago we were being told that science and spirituality would come together to create the new spirituality of the Aquarian Age, and it is really happening. I find this so exciting! Of course there are scientists who want to cling to their scientific dogma the same as religious dogmatics cling to theirs. I know you are a student of metaphysics, too, so as an example you might enjoy researching a field called Sacred Geometry. Some of the works are quite beautiful. I bought a print of one recently and plan on having it framed.

    Anyway, I don’t believe anything on earth is more beautiful than God’s creation of nature. Just taking a short break from my mundane ungodly work and saw your hub. Glad I did.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    MizB - you are such a gift. I don't know if I would call myself a student of metaphysics but I certainly have explored the various philosophies in my lifetime and am comfortable with what I have learned. It makes sense to me. I am now eager to research the Sacred Geometry that you have brought to my attention. Thank you so much. My best to you and Mr B. Sendig you love.

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    Deb Welch 4 years ago

    I wanted to let you know, I became curious about the book, Black Elk Speaks as told through John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow) by Nicholas Black Elk Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux. I ordered the book through the library and into the 4th Chapter - (it would make a beautiful movie.)Thanks.The dream sequence was very intense.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Oh Deb, I am so glad you got the book. It is one of my favorites of all time. Thank you so much for coming back to let me know. I agree that it would make a beautiful movie. You have made me very happy today. I have such love and respect for Native American/Indian culture and spirituality so your message is a real gift. Thank you! I know you will love the remaining chapters too.

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    Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

    Hi Linda, I'm so glad I found this hub! I am one who loves to read the scriptures everyday and I find peace there. Although, I run a Bible blog and often get into discussions about the Bible, religions, and doctrines, which sometimes wears me down. However, your hub is simply beautiful. It reminds me of when Jesus said "...to them, "Let the little children come to Me. Don't stop them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." (Mark 10:14)

    You seem to see God everywhere and not need to know how or why. That's beautiful, just like the way a child experiences God. I'm being sincere when I say, I needed to read something like this this week. Thank you so much for sharing.

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Michelle. Your comment fills my heart with many emotions. I am certainly no expert on religion. In fact, it was quite a long time ago when I came to the conclusion that God was beyond my mind's ability to comprehend and that is when I chose to just accept that God is omnipresent. Nature has been an amazing teacher as have the people in my life who are proof that God has a sense of humor and will let us stumble, fall, make idiots of ourselves, and still open doors to love, peace, health, wealth, and success. That's a long run on sentence I know. lol

    I am so happy that you found something in this one that filled a need. That's why we write, isn't it? I hope your day is filled with God things.

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    Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

    Hi lrc7815 ... this is an excellent piece of writing my friend... you have so much describe what many of us think and feel.

    Nature and His creation, love and peace played a huge role in my healing years ago in the wilderness of the far north. Not sure where I would be today had I not had that time... very well written and I must share this... i do hope you do not mind.

    Hugs and Blessing

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    Linda Crist 4 years ago from Central Virginia

    Rolly, my new friend in the north country, your words touch my soul. I am honored that you find this worthy of sharing. Nature has become my church, my place of healing and hope. I enjoy your writing very much and am so happy that you found your healing place. It serves you (and your readers) well. Thank you for the visit today.

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