This is going to be a rambling post. My surgery is this Monday After having a trial run a couple of weeks ago. LOL!. I am a bit nervous, kinda sad for my loss, but happy at the prospects of having a new start to my life, a greater quality of life. Even though I know through talking to God that He says “this is the right time for me to have the surgery. You need to do this for you, to stop being in pain” I am still sad because of the fact that Kevin and I don’t have any children. I also hear God saying “there’s a special little one out there waiting for you to adopt” so that gives me great hope. So I trust in God’s Will.
God is awesome! God is everywhere. We can see God in all of creation and all the good in our lives. He has truly blessed me so much by bringing such great blogging friends into my life. But I guess I am most blessed because he brought Kevin into my life in a most special way, at a time when I needed him the most. So, God Our Father does know best.
Yesterday as I was pondering ideas for a blog post first I came up with a couple wacky questions. Then I thought a bit more and decided to delve a bit into St. Thomas Aquinas’s Summa Theologica. In the Summa, Thomas Aquinas answers objections to his positions. The first objection stated is the claim that it seems that God is not in all things. This was based on the scriptural passage Psalm 112: 4, ”The Lord is high above all nations,” etc. Thomas Aquinas responds with this:
On the contrary, A thing is wherever it operates. But God operates in all things, according to Is. 26:12, “Lord . . . Thou hast wrought all our works in [Vulg.: 'for'] us.” Therefore God is in all things.
I answer that, God is in all things; not, indeed, as part of their essence, nor as an accident, but as an agent is present to that upon which it works. For an agent must be joined to that wherein it acts immediately and touch it by its power; hence it is proved in Phys. vii that the thing moved and the mover must be joined together. Now since God is very being by His own essence, created being must be His proper effect; as to ignite is the proper effect of fire. Now God causes this effect in things not only when they first begin to be, but as long as they are preserved in being; as light is caused in the air by the sun as long as the air remains illuminated. Therefore as long as a thing has being, God must be present to it, according to its mode of being. But being is innermost in each thing and most fundamentally inherent in all things since it is formal in respect of everything found in a thing, as was shown above (Q, A). Hence it must be that God is in all things, and innermostly.
Reply to Objection 1: God is above all things by the excellence of His nature; nevertheless, He is in all things as the cause of the being of all things; as was shown above in this article.
Here are a few scriptural passages:
Revelation 22: 13 ”I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”
Colossians 1: 16 ”For in him were all things created in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominations, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and in him.”
John 1: 1-5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Each of us is created in God’s image. We are all created for a special purpose. God loves us so much. He only wants what’s best for each one of us. Our Father knows best.
God is both omniscient and omnipotent. In pondering one thought came to mind: Since God is everywhere in the world, is omniscient and omnipotent, does He allow famine, wars, sickness, persecution, floods, earthquakes, fires et al to happen for a greater purpose or purposes? Is this all in His master plan? I believe that God has a reason for everything but this question came to mind when I was in thought.