“The point I want to make is that although rituals have their place, what is more important is what we do for one another,how much we love and help one another. I do not care for incense or worship as much as I care for people, animals, trees and the other aspects of my creation. When the intent is to give service to the inhabitants of your world, then you’ll truly find your peace. Only then will you come to truly know yourself and, in so doing, know me better.” His voice trailed into a whisper as He turned to Gideon and Marla and said, “It’s time to get John back to his home.”
“But, Lord,” I argued, “I still have so many questions. Can’t we . . .?”
“I know. You want to ask about Mardai, about your dad, your children, your work and all your other concerns. I’ll meet with you again in a short while and we’ll go over some of those questions. But for now, you need to return to your regular schedule. You have a plane to catch and your children are waiting for you. Marla and Gideon will see you back to the airport.”
God walked over and threw His arm around my shoulder as He led me to the door. Gideon and Marla followed behind us. “Don’t forget now, John,” God said,”to just practice being in the presence of God. Find that secret place where the troubles of your world cannot touch you. And, yes,” He added as an afterthought, “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the Shadow of the Almighty. I’ll have a special treat for you soon. Vaya con Dios.” A second later, He was gone.
Marla decided to remain at G&M Enterprises for a while, but promised that she would call me soon. Gideon and I took the elevator down to the first floor,caught a cab and went directly to the airport. We didn’t speak much. I believe he wanted me to assimilate most of what had happened today. Patting my back, he said good-bye and promised to be in touch. A few hours later, I had left the Big City far behind me. There was a sweet sadness in leaving my dear friends, but today I knew that I’d experienced a most “learningful” adventure, and I couldn’t wait for our next meeting.
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