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A major drawback to the use of dogmatic, theological concepts, is that they are easy to recite and even easier to relegate to our list of memorized terms that have little meaning in our daily life. The omnipresence of God can easily become such a term. It may seem a grand idea that describes a quality of God but offers little comfort in our time of need.
Understanding the omnipresence of God is one of the most powerful truths we can entertain. Most of us have been raised to believe there are two powers – good and evil – at work in our lives. While we may have graduated from the thought of a devil working with his army of angels to tempt us at every turn, we may still hold onto the belief that negative forces are at work. We look over the landscape of our life and see contrasts between day and night, blue skies and cloudy days, sunlight and shadows. Good and evil may not seem that much of a stretch.
Early in the fifteenth century, German philosopher and theologian, Nicholas of Cusa, made a statement that gives us a helpful handle on the notion of omnipresence. He wrote,
“God is an infinite circle whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.”
You and I are “centers” of God. To understand this, think of yourself as an orb of light shining out into your world. No matter what direction you look, you see only light, for you are a center of perpetual light. When a light source is in the distance, the sun for example, it casts shadows. But if you are the center of light, you will never see a shadow. The simple fact of your presence dispels all darkness.
It is true that wherever you are, God is. Hold this powerful thought through your day, especially when you begin seeing shadows of negativity. You are a center of God. Let your light shine and watch the shadows disappear.