The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. – Acts 17:24-25Creation is the temple in which God dwells. It is a living temple, a holy place without walls. There are no walls that can contain God; there are no walls that can keep God out. There is no place where God is not; there is nothing from which God is absent. As a seed is in the flower that sprouts from it; as a child in the adult that she becomes; as spring is in the river that flows forth from it; as food is in the body that it fuels—so too does God the Creator reside within creation.
Sometimes you may have difficulty believing that God lives even in hatred, in chaos, in pain, and in death. But there, especially does God live, as a redeeming presence. God does not eradicate hatred, but overcomes it with love; does not eliminate chaos, but moves it toward order; does not abolish pain, but convert it into wholeness; does not end death, but resurrects it into life.
Celebrate God as a dynamic, creating, transforming presence. God is the Source and will not be separated from the world. Remind yourself as often as possible: God lives in everything.
Excerpt from Having the Mind of Christ by Paul E. Miller & Phyllis Cole-Dai