What if God came into human form and was walking around amongst us? Would we recognize Her? Would we be enlightened just by being in His energy? Might we be intimidated and feel ourselves unworthy? Would His/Her radiance blind us and might we be speechless in awe?
What would God look like? One of us? Maybe a newborn baby with a depth and knowingness of age-old wisdom within His eyes. Maybe a beautiful, luminous-skinned young woman, full of grace and compassion. What if God came as a pockmarked, smelly drug addict with needle tracks up and down His arms? Maybe God would be a crippled and twisted teenager in a wheelchair. Or an old jail warden with a bad attitude and a quick temper, burnt out from all the crime and violence He/She has seen.
Would we act any differently if we knew God was among us? Maybe we wouldn't curse or complain. Be on our best behavior. Take greater care in our appearance, as well as our manners. Might we act with greater humility and gratitude - humbly bowing down to kiss the dirty, tattered hem of Her blue jeans? Would we beg to wash His feet and wipe them dry with our hair? Beg to gently rub sweet smelling oils on His/Her temples and brow? Would we listen in awe to each golden word out of God's mouth? Asking hungrily for clarity and wisdom around all the mysteries of life?
Or maybe we would run and hide in shame - not wishing to be seen with our darkest secrets and greatest regrets. I fear we would laugh at and mock anyone who rose up and stated that He was God. We would shun and ridicule, maybe even lock away, such an imposter with Her blasphemous ideas.
Just imagine for a moment that each and every one of us is God! Every person, with his or her own unique disguise, is really God looking out at you, hoping you can see His/Her Truth behind the masks, the defenses, the illusion of ego. What if each one of us is here simply to remember that we're God? That we're all counting on one another to remind us? Instead, we all seem to be caught up in the illusion of self-doubt, the drama we've created called life. We're here to remember, but we've even forgotten that.
Only something deep within us knows this Truth. That is our Soul. In its own gentle way, it is continually reminding us. Creating endless opportunities for us to Awaken to the Truth of our Being. It is the counter-balance to the messages of the ego, the collective consciousness, which tells us in a myriad of ways that we are nothing.
Yet, we continue to see only an old woman with a toothless grin, never once imagining Her to be God. Or the tiny man with the darting eyes and jittery hands who can't possibly be God. Or the big bellied politician with the cigar hanging from his lips. "No way," we say. We look at them all with mistrust and judgement. Then we look in the mirror and see ourselves with all our imperfections. Surely this is not the face of God.
There once was a little boy who wanted to meet God. He knew it was a long trip to where God lived, so he packed his suitcase with Twinkies and a six-pack of root beer and he started his journey.
When he had gone about 3 blocks, he met an old woman. She was sitting in the park just staring at some pigeons. The boy sat down next to her and opened his suitcase. He was about to take a drink from his root beer when he noticed that the old lady looked hungry, so he offered her a Twinkie.
She gratefully accepted it and smiled at him. Her smile was so pretty that the boy wanted to see it again, so he offered her a root beer. Once again she smiled at him. The boy was delighted!
They sat there all afternoon eating and smiling, but they never said a word. As it grew dark, the boy realized how tired he was and got up to leave, but before he had gone more than a few steps, he turned around, ran back to the old woman and gave her a hug. She gave him the biggest smile ever.
When the boy opened the door to his own house a short time later, his mother was surprised by the look of joy on his face.
She asked him, "What did you do today that made you so happy?"
He replied, "I had lunch with God." But before his mother could respond, he added, "You know what? She's got the most beautiful smile I've ever seen!"
Meanwhile, the old woman, also radiant with joy, returned to her home. Her son was stunned by the look of peace on her face and he asked, "Mother, what did you do today that made you so happy?"
She replied, "I ate Twinkies in the park with God." But before her son responded, she added, "You know, He is much younger than I expected."
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