This morning as I study and pray at my desk, a thought came to me which was “It is not the destination, but the journey.” Then I thought, maybe that is not true because we are always at the destination! We are always at our perfect place and not necessarily looking forward as we think we have not arrived yet. Once again, that makes me think I have not reached a place yet and it is still out of my reach and it keeps me in the future, rather than the present. Today, I will rejoice where I am and blossom where I am planted.
Romans 13:12 states “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Perhaps, the day is right here. We need only open our eyes.
Saul had been a persecutor of the Christians when he heard the voice of the Christ while on the road and was blinded by the Truth for three days. That story has always intrigued me and as I study, the first thing that comes to mind is that Paul goes on to follow the Christ and do wonderful things. Without a doubt, he could have done none of those had he brought along all that baggage from the past. Surely, he learned from it but he could have never been obsessed with it.
The same is true of David. To me that is so reassuring as I pray to do better daily. Philippians 4:6 states “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.” Actually, He even knows our every need before we tell Him and Divine Love fills every human need as we become receptive to all the Good already in our life.
Today, I will thank Him for all that He has done.
Recently, at a Church service, I found myself so uncomfortable. The scriptural readings from the podium seemed way too lengthy since I had heard the story many, many times. Then there was a young man who got up and went out several times. There was fidgeting throughout the congregation.
It took a while for me to focus on the time the soloist and pianist put in for us along with the ushers doing their jobs. When I replaced those feelings with love and respect, error disappeared and the service was enjoyed. It is always my focus and thinking that needs to be changed. Thought of the entire congregation there for praising God and demonstrations. There is no power opposing love and the nothingness of error is soon seen.
1 Peter 1:1:6-7 reads “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
As I realize I am always at choice on what I let enter my thinking, harmony is soon restored.
As I pray about the third beatitude “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”, I have found that I have had much resistance to that verse. Never have I liked the word “poor” in any way, thinking I needed to be poor in order to experience the kingdom of heaven. Today, there was a revelation in my thinking when I knew that meant being humble! A light came on as humility had never seemed to be my strong point, but as I travel my spiritual journey, I turn everything over to God. Poor in that sense certainly doesn’t mean weak but just the opposite as we give up human will.
Exodus 15:13 states “In Your unfailing love, You will lead the people You have redeemed. In Your strength You will guide them to Your holy dwelling.” This can only be achieved when we are humbled and willing to follow Him.
Recently, I heard a testimony about a woman in a city on her way to the airport to pick her daughter up. It was rainy and cold and the heater in the car didn’t seem to work. In addition, the transmission wasn’t right but she was already in traffic and on her way when her engine light came on. Extremely fearful at first, she then turned to God and listened. She soon was led to get in an inside lane and there on the left there was a service station she had never noticed even though she had traveled this way before.
After turning in, she went inside to the convenience store where there were several men. Humbly asking for help, they soon decided she needed antifreeze and soon that was done. No one would accept her offered tip so she went on her way. The car drove fine and the heat came on. All was well. Now there are those who would call her either “lucky” or “extremely fortunate” but I know it was God protecting and leading her. Not only was she listening but the men inside the store were listening as well.
Psalm 16:11 states “You will show me the path of life; I Your presence is fullness of joy at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Mrs. Eddy states in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.” This, I know to be true as it is evidenced daily.
This story I have heard all my life but this morning I studied and prayed deeper as I read it. The hour she came to fetch water was at a time when no one else was there. It could have been because she was unpopular and had a reputation. Her past made no difference this morning since the Christ was there waiting for her. When He told her of her past, she didn’t seem to get defensive but receptive to what He was saying. It spoke volumes to me as I realized the Christ is always ready to reveal the Truth to us lovingly when we are humbly listening. She then returned to her village to share the Truth to others!
Habakkuk 3:17-18 states “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.” God is always there, no matter the human scene.
In the book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mrs. Eddy writes “Clad in the panoply of Love, human hatred cannot reach you. ” In my limited understanding, I always thought it meant if anyone hated me, it couldn’t harm me. In the fifteenth century, the word “panoply” was defined as a complete suit of armor, spiritual armor. Recently, I realized it meant if I was indeed clad in the panoply of Love, I could not think of dark thoughts such as doubt, hatred, bitterness, etc.
If I am with someone who irritates me and I focus on God’s child rather than irritants, the traits will fall away in my sight. I refuse to give in to something that does not strengthen me spiritually. 1 Chronicles 16:27 states “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place.”