Is God Under ‘They-a’?

My granddaughter, Lexi, (two and a half years old) was ‘reading’ with her mom yesterday morning.  As in any household with three children, quiet moments are few and far between.  The two older children had gone off to school, and Lexi sat with her mommy as her mommy read the Bible.  As Lexi went off to play, Melissa (mommy) put a blanket over her head to drown out the noise and distraction surrounding her.  This is how she, at times, creates her own personal “prayer closet”.

As could be expected, Lexi came over to her mommy and lifted up the blanket to ask why she had the blanket over her head.  Melissa explained to her that she was praying and was just trying to keep the surrounding sounds muffled so that she could concentrate.

“Oh,” Lexi answered, and went back to her play.

She soon came back to Melissa, lifted up the blanket again and in her New England accent asked, “Is God under they-a?”  (This is the New England way to say “there.”)

I am so grateful that the answer to that question is a resounding “yes”.  God is under they-a, and he is also over ‘he-a’ (“here” to the non-locals) with me!  He will be found by everyone who seeks him wholeheartedly.  I thrill to the knowledge that he encompasses a dimension that is far beyond 3-D.  The dimension he covers is one that works its way into the depths of our inner being – our heart and soul.  I am encouraged to know that
“the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”   (2 Chron. 16:9)

God is not only here with me, but he came looking for me, and is looking to strengthen all those whose hearts are fully his.

I’m also grateful for His presence in my life…as I go to my appointments and meetings, shop for groceries, travel, and  lay my head down at night.  He goes with me.

Psalm 73:23-26
Yet I am always with you;
        you hold me by my right hand.
    [24] You guide me with your counsel,
        and afterward you will take me into glory.
    [25] Whom have I in heaven but you?
        And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
    [26] My flesh and my heart may fail,
        but God is the strength of my heart
        and my portion forever.

The picture above may look like a simple lump under a blanket. However, when prayer (actually talking to the God of the universe, our creator – wow!) happens under there or anywhere else, there is a spiritual energy and reality at work that can’t be seen by the naked eye (even with 3-D glasses)..  My mind can not fathom the workings of God that can be moved by prayer and time in the Word, but I see the results day after day.

Isaiah 55:8-12
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
        neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
     “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
        so are my ways higher than your ways
        and my thoughts than your thoughts.
     As the rain and the snow
        come down from heaven,
    and do not return to it
        without watering the earth
    and making it bud and flourish,
        so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
     so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
        It will not return to me empty,
    but will accomplish what I desire
        and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
    You will go out in joy
        and be led forth in peace;
    the mountains and hills
        will burst into song before you,
    and all the trees of the field
        will clap their hands.

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  1. Leah P.

    I LOVE this idea of making a “closet” to pray in. I don’t have to wait for The kids’ nap time to have “alone time” with God! These scriptures are such good ones. I can’t wait to meditate on them! Thanks for sharing.


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About Jeanie Shaw

After retiring from forty-five years in full-time ministry, Jeanie Shaw went back to school to earn her master’s and doctorate in spiritual formation and discipleship. She also serves as a certified Christian life coach who loves helping people discover the joy, peace, and purpose that come from finding and following God’s plan for their lives. She has taught classes and workshops all over the world and has written numerous books. She has four grown children, eight grandchildren, and a golden retriever who thinks he is human. When she is not reading, writing, coaching, teaching, or enjoying her family she might be found walking along rivers, learning new lessons about life.

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