“Mama! Do you know where God lives?” Raghu asked his mother innocently.
Raghu’s mother, Sandhya, thought for a second and said. “No one knows where God lives. But he visits the park in the neighborhood sometimes on Sunday’s.”
“Today is Sunday!” Raghu spoke excitedly. “Will we be going to the park today?”
Sandhya pretended to think for a moment and said. “Okay. We will go to the park today. Tell your dad to get ready soon.”
“Wait! When you meet God what are you going to offer him?”
“I don’t know.”
“I’ll pack pop-corn and sweet lemon juice.”
The three soon got ready and left for the park.
“If God decides to visit the park, he sits on either one of those three benches.” Sandhya said pointing towards the three empty benches.
Raghu started playing around the benches, while Sandhya and Rahul kept an eye on him from a distance.
Soon an old woman, with a slight limp, came and sat on one of the empty bench.
Raghu curiously started looked at her. The old woman observed him and smiled back at him.
Raghu silently sat next to the old woman and started observing the wrinkles on her face, which made her look all the more beautiful.
“Are you hungry?” Raghu asked. “I brought pop-corn and sweet lemon juice for you.”
“How did you know that it is my favourite?”
For the next 30 minutes the two laughed and talked.
“Where are your parents?” The old woman asked.
“There.” Raghu pointed in their direction and they waived back.
“Now go back to them.” The old woman said. She then kissed his forehead and happily left.
With a big smile Raghu returned back to his parents.
“So, did you meet God?” Rahul asked.
“Yes. God is a woman and she has pain in her right knee.” Raghu replied immediately.
When the old woman returned back to her home, there was a big smile on her face.
“You look very happy, met someone special today?” Her son enquired.
“I had pop-corn and sweet lemon juice with God. He is much younger than I thought and has a slight lisp.”
As we Hindus say about God’s presence, Yatra Tatra Sarvatra. Meaning that God is present, here there everywhere.
God is present everywhere. All we need to do is share our happiness and make others smile to feel him.