The signature sound marked the end of each episode: A voice over would proclaim “Chicken….Maaaaaaan!, and a manic crowd in the background would emphatically shout “He’s everywhere, he’s everywhere!"
If you’re completely lost, listen to the original episode here.
So I was in the shower this morning – really, this is where these thoughts come to me – and I began to think about how God’s omnipresence was explained to us in Bible college.
Our professors handed us the mantra “There is no place where God is not,", which, though technically true, sounds about as compelling as the Chicken Man’s signature shriek. Combine the two for fun.
There is no place where God is not.
He’s everywhere, He’s everywhere!
I can’t help but think the omnipresence of God means something far more immediate than the ubiquitous whereabouts of Chicken Man.
Interestingly, I can handle thinking about an all powerful, all knowing God being in Chicago, Calcutta, and Catan, because in thinking about Him in those places, I don’t think much about Him beinghere.
Glancing at what I’m writing.
Taking a sip of tea from my cup as we talk about me taking a sip from His.
I desperately want to live with a greater awareness of the immediate presence of God. হ্যাঁ, He is everywhere, but He is also near. He sees everything, but He also sees me. I want my decision making, my ethics, how I treat my children and how I treat a stranger to reflect what I know about the presence of God – specifically, that I am in it, as I sit at my table or walk the aisle of a big box store.
We’ve mystified the presence of God to refer to those times when we feel His presence in a tangible way. Whether it’s a powerful sermon or (more likely) that great key change on the song you like, there are times when you feel Him near, but they’re rarely the times when you need to be aware of Him the most. You need Him most when you feel Him least – in a hundred different decisions made daily.
হ্যাঁ, He’s everywhere, He’s everywhere.
But He’s also right hear. Listening. Speaking. Wanting.
In your pursuit of the God of the Universe, don’t ignore the God in the room.