One night I dreamed I fell into a pit.
I dreamed I prayed for God to rescue me.
So happy when He led me out of it,
I thanked my God that He had set me free.
But waking up a bit, I realized
I never had been in that pit at all.
When I was wide awake I recognized
There never was a pit, nor a fall.
So if it seems you fall into a pit,
That you are trapped, distressed, alone or flawed,
Awaken to the real and infinite.
There is no pit, for there is only God.
Carol Dismore Psalms 112:7 “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
Whenever I become anxious or complain, that suggests that I know better than God on how to govern my world. I am not aware of everything He knows and sees and today I will be so grateful that governing the universe is not my job! 1 Thessalonians 5:18 states, “Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” I wish all a very Happy Easter and know He is risen!
While reading about the resurrection in John, I came across John 20:17 which reads “Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father.” One commentary states, “Researchers understand Jesus’ words as a call to drop the desire to cling to a physical sense of Him and release the thought of personality.” Personality seems to be important to us and that is not who we are! Man is spiritual and is perfect in Spirit since we reflect God and His qualities. It is never about human good. Man can never be perfect “humanly”.
Growing up in a fundamental religion, the Easter Season was confusing to me. First, I was taught at a very early age that Jesus died upon the cross for my sins. That was even before I knew what sin was! For years I decided that I must be very bad for Him to have to die for me and I couldn’t grasp what I was supposed to do to be saved. As I was led to a spiritual concept, my old beliefs changed to understanding that I was made in the image and likeness of God. God is Spirit, Love, Truth, Life, Soul, Principle and Mind and this began to make sense to me. I could actually be nothing unlike God! For so long, I tried to be perfect humanly and just seemed to make matters worse. Now, I start from perfection and little by little, any imperfection falls away into the nothingness it has always been. Isaiah 12:2 says, “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”
This morning as I was at my desk with my Bible study and prayer work, I had been praying for discernment and my prayer was being answered. The verses and citations became clearer and all at once, my thoughts became anxious about an upcoming luncheon I was having in three days and began to wander. Because it was so subtle, I knew it was not from God and was reminded of a verse from Psalm 27 where it states, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” I knew I was doing what I needed to do right here, right now and would have plenty of time to prepare for the luncheon as well!
Anytime I feel that there is a lack of good, whether it is of time, health or finances, I know it is a lie to be refuted and replaced with the Truth. There can never be a lack of Good in God’s universe.
Isaiah 64:8 reads, “Yet, O Lord, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.” This verse tends to take the personal responsibility off me as I pray with it. The battle is always God’s and our only responsibility is to Love one another. When we cease to condemn, complain and judge, once again, we progress. That also includes condemning ourselves as well as others. God is working His purpose out and we may just not be able to see the whole picture at times. In time, He will reveal it to us.
When Eve was tempted by evil or error to partake of the fruit of the tree of “good and evil”, she and Adam had every thing they needed, but that wasn’t enough. She wanted to be able to judge! Even today, the thought of judging is often so seductive that we are willing to give up our peace in order to have a human opinion and voice that opinion. Shakespeare said, “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” And God said in Genesis 3:2-4, “The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’ You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman.
There are so many times we want to focus on what we do not have rather than on what we do have. Isn’t that what Eve did and that removed her joy and peace? Today I will focus on gratitude and humility and that should keep me busy!