I had a question about God, so I thought I would ask my religious friend, Mary.
“Mary” is not her real name. I thought I would use “Mary” because this name has some significance in Christianity.
Mary is a Christian. Unlike a lot of my Christian friends, Mary never preaches at me or tries to convert me. She believes that her life is her sermon, and she preaches by example. I have never heard her say anything bad about people, whether or not they are Christians. She tries to be like God and love unconditionally.
The other day I asked Mary, “Is God with me all the time?”
“Yes,” she said.
“So, there isn’t a time when God is not with me?”
“But I don’t always feel that God is with me.”
“Gary, think of God as a bright light in a room. If you are in this room and close your eyes, then you will think that you are standing in darkness. God is light. When you achieve a certain awareness, it is like opening your eyes and seeing the light.”
“So whether I am aware of it or not, God is with me all the time?”
“Well, if God is with me all the time, then how come God never offers to pay when I order in or go out to a restaurant?”
Mary never said anything, but her smirk and her tilted head said, “Smartass.” And then she spoke, “I think you know the answer to your question.”
And suddenly I did. The answer miraculously popped in my head. Was this proof that God is always with me and telling me things if I am willing to listen?
“I know!” I said. “God never offers to pay because He or She has no use for cash, and does not carry a credit card.”
“Sounds good to me,” said Mary as she shook her head.