Where is God and Why?


Brenda Nail DeLauder

Columnist


On the drive home the other night, I flipped on the radio and caught the tail end of a program of questions and answers with kids. The first child asked “Where is God?” The easy answer is everywhere, but it starts to make one think about all the places God can be found, especially in our own lives.

My mind wandered off from the show as I thought about some of the places I find God.

Because of my love for the outdoors and nature, I find Him on walks through the woods. On cold winter days with the wind blowing, I love walking among the pines. Inside the grove of trees I feel protected as the hushed quiet surrounds me with the feeling of peace. All that is heard is the cushioned sound of my footsteps on the pine straw while the limbs high overhead whispers with the wind. There is something reverent about such a place making me feel as if I have walked into the arms of God.

Even when faced with great difficulties in life, a majestic sunrise or sunset will certainly awaken your soul allowing it to experience the glory of God. When I was a child, I liked to think such beautiful sights were really the gates of Heaven opening to receive souls going Home. The more magnificent the display in the sky, meant a bigger welcoming celebration. Now I just enjoy the show. I consider it a blessing to be able to witness God’s artistic hand reaching down to bless us with something so beautiful. It’s a fantastic way for Him to remind us, He is here with us.

The wheels in my brain sped up thinking of other forms of nature where God is often found. Rainbows stretching across the sky as far as the eye can see, leaves me smiling at the glistening bands of colors. Sleepless nights when I get up and go out on the porch only to see a star, shooting across the black velvet sky. Whenever I have the chance to experience such things, I stop focusing on whatever is troubling me and enjoy the reminder, He is here.

As the program continued, I heard another child ask the usual challenging question of “Why?” I flipped off the radio as the answer rolled off my tongue with ease. Simply because He loves us. God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to the world. Would He have done such a thing if He did not love us? And by asking Jesus into our hearts, we are welcomed into His open arms forever. It is His unconditional love that fills the hearts of many.

Some days are what we call good days, where things fall into place and move along smoothly. Others days are just the opposite. Instead of making something better, we make a mess and there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution of how to fix it. After a hard day when all efforts of trying have failed to succeed, we want to go off alone to lick our wounds. Yet while sitting there feeling the heaviness of failure, we seek God’s help and suddenly there is the awareness we are not alone. Ever felt the sense of an embrace of love? Sometimes the feeling is of reassurance, and other times it’s the reminder to get up, dust ourselves off and try again. Only this time, we open up to receive God’s mighty help.

Where is God? Right here. Why? Because He loves us unconditionally. What more do we need? Nothing. Seek, trust, believe and leave the rest to Him.

Brenda Nail DeLauder is a native of Henry County. Her heart remains in her hometown.