I see you remembered to plug in the coffeepot,
Gideon quipped when I returned.
What do you mean? I asked.
Well, not too long ago, a friend of yours was visiting and you offered to make him some coffee. You couldnt figure out why it was taking so long until finally your friend noticed that you had forgotten to plug in the coffeepot. Then there was the time when you forgot to Journey in the Fields of Forever fill the pot with water. Do you want me to continue?
No, I laughed. I guess Im like the absent-minded professor. Those were just minor oversights. In the big picture, theyre lost in the fabric. Lets get on with more meaningful things like how does one get closer to God?
Marla, Gideon winked at her, Ive never seen him so anxious to learn. Have you?
I can feel his enthusiasm, Gideon, she answered. I think, if he pays attention, what he learns here today might stay with him for the rest of his life. But lets not keep him waiting.
And thus I was granted a legacy of wisdom that was to serve me well ever after. In the first place, Gideon stated,God is not a person, a place, a time or a thing to be found. God is everywhere, every when and everything. God is the Presence that pervades every part of the universe from the largest star down to the tiniest atom. When you become aware,looking for God is like a fish searching for water. Youll know that you dont ever have to search because youve always been surrounded by Gods Presence.
I remember, years ago, hearing something like that from God Himself or Herself. It must have been another one of those dreams that seemed so real.
That wasnt a dream, John. God spoke directly to you and explained some of these things. You probably have just forgotten.
God spoke to me? Id never forget if God spoke to me.
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