The students were perplexed at the question, not really knowing how to answer; as their rabbi had previously explained to them that G-d is everywhere. He penetrates every molecule of what exists. So the students remained quiet.
The rabbi relieved the tension in the room as he told the students:
”Where is G-d? Where you let Him in.”
What happens when we let G-d into our lives? This question is really related to our purpose in the world. What is the purpose of man? Are we willing to give Him full control, or do we maintain control of “certain areas?”
In our Torah portion this week, G-d gave directions for building the Tabernacle. Why? He wanted to dwell in it – right where His people were. Key to this building is the thought that G-d wanted man to participate in bringing His presence into the world. This is man’s purpose. G-d had man build this humble place for Him – for the G-d of all creation to dwell. Then He will instruct man as to how to keep it holy for His presence to remain. Again, thisis man’s part, keeping the Tabernacle holy. This is where we again ask the question, Are we willing to give Him full control, or do we maintain control of “certain areas?” If we let G-d in to those “certain areas”, He will be there and do the work to transform our lives.
Is there anything separating us from the G-d who yearns to be with us? Is our tongue a problem, is our need for control an issue, are doubt or fear interfering? Really, it’s all about love and trust. We let G-d in when we love and trust Him and when we are humble enough to say, I am wrong. We don’t have a problem obeying when we love and trust someone. When we were kids and our dad would throw us up in the air, we had total trust that he would catch us. We didn’t question. We knew our dad loved us, and we had total faith that dad would catch us: dad was there. G-d is here – He is with us – He never leaves us even when we are up in the air wondering if His arms are going to catch us. He is hearing our heart’s cry to change in the areas that are displeasing to Him. The mere fact that we know we need to change is wonderful, because we know His Spirit is speaking to us. Conviction shows His love for us, and our willingness to change shows our love for Him.
Where is G-d? He is wherever you let Him in!
“The eternal God is your dwelling place and underneath are the everlasting arms.”