Following up on my "God is big" post, I keep trying to wrap my head around God as omni: onmipresent, omnipotent, omni-acting, etc.
"Don't outline good, because you can't outline good enough!" This advice came to me from a dear and wise healer many years ago. And certainly, if we accept God as infinite and as the one Principle or law that governs all things, our own limited views and opinions might not open us up to the horizon-opening things that can and do happen when we trust God.
How does this play out in real life? Well, when my job ended years ago, the whole family felt very good about moving back to the Midwest. Although I loved my job that entailed travel and working with teams all over the world, I thought that that aspect of my work would never show up in the place where we moved - a rural area of Wisconsin known for its natural beauty and tourism.
But we trusted God "with all our hearts" and didn't limit any possibilities. This was a vigorous trusting, mind you. It involved:
This is amazing to me. And God continues to amaze me. Life is full of horizon-opening things when we trust God with all our hearts.
Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Psalms 40:5
Okay, walk with me on this one. No, skip with me because that's how this fun little musing felt. I kept thinking of ways to answer the question "Why do I love God?" As I kept thinking about this and how I would answer, I kept bumping into different bits of songs from the book of Psalms.
I love God because.....
God is big. Really, really big. God includes everything that I love and everything that is worth loving. God is about abundance, joy, triumph, satisfaction. Everything that I love has its source in God and in what is infinite, eternal, substantial and real.
"I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God while I have my being." Psalms 104
I love God because....
I can relate to God. I relate to Love and God is Love. I relate to harmony and balance. I love those qualities. I love structure and improvisation - evidence of Love's order and spontaneity. I love these ideas because I am made of these ideas. I can relate to God because I am the very evidence of God -an idea of God - a child of God! In the most basic way, then, God has made me.
"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." Psalm 139
I love God because....
God is always more. There is no end in discovering how far-reaching and all-encompassing God is. There is no end to knowing how intimate and exacting God's care is and how infinite and available God's resources are. Knowing God even in a small way, I recognize God's love when in a new place, I recognize God's provision in the midst of seeming lack, and God's guidance when there once was doubt.
"The Lord, the Mighty One, is God, and he has spoken; he has summoned all humanity from where the sun rises to where it sets. From Mount Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines in glorious radiance." Psalm 50
So it follows on this path, that I should ask you, Why do you love God?
Today I just want to understand God. Climb a little higher, see a little more broadly.
There is something new and refreshing about this.
Gone is my list of issues to bring to the table for healing.
Gone is my framework of thought, my ego, full of trying.
Today, this moment, is all about God.
God is unending life. A force of creation, a mighty all-inclusive and enveloping affirmation of goodness and all that goodness is. Life is not breathed into us, Life flows through us, enlivening, energizing, revitalizing us. God is our breath.
God is immortal. Remembered and recognized, enduring and deathless. The substance of all being. God is permanent and perpetual. God is not subject to the limitations our words, denominations and cultures may bring. Beyond what the human mind can conceive, God is.
Fundamental, original, primitive and pure, God is the substance of all being – of all consciousness. All that we experience comes from this foundational element of true being. Its perfect Principle establishes the life-giving harmony that governs all being.
Perfect. In all parts whole. Logical and ever surprising Whole and entire. God perfects being with an exacting Love. Rising from a boundless basis*, God's activity is unending: the seed within itself, creation ever appearing from the nature of its inexhaustible source#. Without flaw, crack, lack or vulnerability.
We can join in the ageless, sacred psalms of praise^ where we are filled with the unutterable confidence that we are loved, because Love is supreme. There is no power that can stand against the omnipotence of God.
Consider these ideas:
* SH 258:13-258:15 God expresses in man the infinite idea forever developing itself, broadening and rising higher and higher from a boundless basis.
# SH 507:28-507:29 Creation is ever appearing, and must ever continue to appear from the nature of its inexhaustible source.
^ Ps 105:2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. ( and all the rest of the Psalms!)
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Kim C Korinek, CSB
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