I received a message today that wounded me deeply. Fortunately, I was home and could vent my anger and my hurt (I am grateful Jonathan and Cocoa listened to me and comforted me).
For a little while, I forgot that God also was listening and comforting me. Even if Jonathan and Cocoa had been absent, I was not alone (and of course God was working through them, too).
Nona Brooks says, “God is everywhere, therefore God is here.” That means that God also is there, with the person who sent the message. He is needed there, too, and I am glad, because I love the person (even in my hurt and anger).
In classical theology, God’s “everywhere-ness”–omnipresence in theological terms–seems to make God distant. In reality, however, this is what makes God so intimate. It is an intimacy we may have trouble understanding, because we know we can’t be in two places at once.
But, with God, that, and so much more, is possible.