He fell asleep with his feet pointing toward the holy Kaaba, which is apparently a no-no. As the story goes, when the watchman on his night rounds noticed this, he kicked the Guru, saying, “How dare you turn your feet towards the house of God”. At this Guru Nanak woke up and said, “Good man, I am weary after a long journey. Kindly turn my feet in the direction where God is not.”
Guru Nanak and I have two things in common, it seems: we both hate to be disturbed when we’re sleeping, and we both believe that God is everywhere.
Three words that are very easily said, but not so easily grasped – by 15th Century Muslims or by 21st Century Christians. How can an entity that has no physical body be anywhere, let alone everywhere? Maybe the answer lies in the question.
Irish preacher and philosopher Peter Rollins has provided at least two pieces of insight on this topic:
- A section of his book The Orthodox Heretic is titled ‘godisnowhere‘, which can be read God is Nowhere by glass-half-empty types or God is Now Here by the rest of us.
- In a sermon he gave a few months ago at Mars Hill Bible Church, he urged listeners to stop seeking God in a burning bush experience, because every bush is burning.
Paraphrasing Rollins, maybe attempts to comprehend this God is Everywhere reality are actually barriers to us experiencing it – and experiencing Him. Perhaps all we need to do is live as if it’s true.
Peace be with you.