Tummy Jesus

So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other.

Deuteronomy 4:39 (NLT)

Back when my son was a little dude, we used to have deep theological conversations around the lunch table. Sure, they usually consisted of Nathan telling me stories he’d heard from the Bible, or even hearing some songs he’d made up about God; but I really loved those moments. And, then there was the time he floored me with what I thought was a crazy truth about Jesus.

It started like any other lunch. We were having sandwiches and just chilling at the table. We had been laughing and having a good time. Suddenly, Nathan got very quiet, and a concerned look crossed his face. At first, I thought he was choking. “Are you OK buddy?” I asked. Nathan slowly nodded his head, but the look of concern stayed. “What’s wrong?” I followed up. His response was pure gold. “Dad, we prayed over the food right?” “Yup,” I agreed. “OK, so Jesus came and blessed our food, and then we ate the food.” “OK, sure.” I replied. (I know it’s way more complicated, but he was about four years old at the time. Keep it simple.) He said, “Well, I ate the food. And…now…” he started chewing slowly, as if pondering some profound truth. “I think Jesus is in my tummy.” The look of concern returned to his face. I didn’t laugh. Instead, I said, “Huh…that’s something. But, you know what. I think Jesus IS in your tummy. In fact, I think Jesus is inside me too!” I said with a look of joy and surprise. Nathan started busting up laughing.

Though this was a crazy conversation with my little boy, it was a great reminder that God is omnipresent – He is able to exist everywhere at once. As our verse today states, “So remember this and keep it firmly in mind: The Lord is God both in heaven and on earth, and there is no other.” Additionally, we know that God, in the form of the Holy Spirit, resides in those who are followers of Jesus. (See 1 Corinthians 6:19) God isn’t just around us, He is indeed in us. That’s how personal our God is. His intimacy can’t be compared. He is with us and in us. He is part of our very fabric.

So, as you pray over your food today, let a little smile creep onto your face as you remember that Jesus is with you, even in your tummy.

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