If God had a home on Earth, where would His/Her home be? Traditional belief holds the all-powerful force can be everywhere at once and at any moment within any person who welcomes the presence. So my question is rhetorical, yet pondering an answer and beckoning possibilities lends insight.
There are many definitions of “home” and among them is: a valued place where something is founded; a source. For sake of avoiding argument, let’s assume God’s home can not be man-made and eliminate any such places we feel He/She has a presence such as a church. Since God preceded humanity, The Devine’s home on Earth would likewise have to have existed before us.
Growing up many of us were taught in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. If one thinks of “home” as being a refuge and place of security, in that context God would have a place somewhere not simmering in the trial and tribulation soup us humans are always swimming in. So if God has a refuge or home on Earth, I like to think it is within Nature or Mother Nature or Father Nature or whatever label you choose to put on the natural world outside of man’s control and creation.
Yesterday my Love and I took a long drive on country back roads most of the afternoon to take in the autumn beauty of the season change. What was forecast to be a cloudy day unfolded to have lots of sunshine; a glorious day to be outside. The feeling always comes of being closer to God when I am close to Nature. The sense if one of being closer to creation; of seeing things a step more connected to the source.
While I have never seen or heard the voice of my Higher Power in the woods, I notice signs all over of HIm/Her. There is a trace in the yellow and reds of the leaves mingled with some that still hang on to their green. Evidence is apparent in the squirrels so busy gathering for winter and the wild flower blooms that still hang on waiting for a heavy frost. I find the presence of God in the smells of the forest, the musky air that circulates within, the clouds that cause sunlight to scatter and speckle through the trees; the beauty of Nature.
From “Had We the Eyes” by James Dillet Freeman
How fair a world
Around us lies,
Had we the eyes.
If the concept of “God” is difficult for you I understand. Mine once was also and having been abused with religion growing up made it all the more difficult. I never understood why my prayers for abuse to stop were never heard even though I was made to go to church several times per week. My belief was true and my prayer sincere but that did not seem to be enough. For a time I just thought God did not like me. I began the long journey back to a view of something bigger than mankind with a perspective of the world as an amazing organism that had developed and bloomed on its own. With only that way of seeing my existence was improved by being able to see spirituality in Nature. More came in time.
It is the way of humans to think of ourselves as self-sufficient, yet we can not survive without the air we breathe. Nor can we live long without sunlight, water, and food. Our bodies are totally dependent on Nature and there is where I found God living. It is easy for me to see a presence there whenever I look.
Traditional beliefs confound me and the more I attempt to define a power higher than me the more I find questions and reason to doubt. Yet, I feel confident there is a Power or God beyond this world, but also think it is beyond man’s ability to comprehend the complexity of it all. So I just accept that God is and that is enough for me.
Mildred Lisette Norman, also known as the Peace Pilgrim, was an American activist and spiritual missionary who spent the last 28 years of her life walking across the United States for peace. She was the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian Trailin one season. She described what she called her “wonderful mountaintop experience” in this way: …important part of it was the realization of the oneness of all creation. Not only all human beings… I knew before that all human beings are one. But now I know also a oneness with the rest of creation. The creatures that walk the earth and the growing things of the earth… The air, the water, the Earth itself. And, most wonderful of all, a oneness with that which permeates all and binds all together and gives life to all. A oneness with that which many would call God.”
If the end of my time comes and I find there is nothing beyond what I have known here, my life will still have been better for what I believe. I am grateful!
In many areas of understanding, none so much as in our understanding of God, we bump up against simplicity so profound that we must assign complexities to it to comprehend it at all. It is mindful of how we paste decals to a sliding glass door to keep from bumping our nose against it. Robert Brault