Today at my art class, there were so many new ideas literally thrown at us, but as we used them in our work, they began to make sense. They certainly would not have been understood if she had given these to us three years ago at our first class.
Then, later I was reading an article where a lady was taking a swim course and the teacher had jumped in the pool and explained the law of flotation and buoyancy. When the student was later relating this to her husband, who was a physics major in college said, “Oh, yes, that’s Archimedes’ law of buoyancy ,” and proceeds to quote the law word for word. Now his wife was unaware of that law but it still worked for her.
As I was later studying and praying at my desk, it occurred to me I didn’t need to know everything about God, but what I do know is He is Love, Truth and Life, which is a great way to begin my prayers. Psalms 23:4 states “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” I also know that God is always with me and I can never, ever be separated from Him. That is a good start for any prayer!
It never made sense to me to pray “And” worry. If I am going to worry, why pray and vice versa? Prayer to me means releasing the issue to God totally. When I worry, it becomes a god because it is foremost in my mind. Psalm 112:7 states “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.”
Today my choice is praying and rejoicing, not worrying!
My husband just told me of an interview with a major league baseball player who was telling of his experiences as a youth playing the game. There was fun and purity expressed (which is God being expressed) early on. As he progressed, he probably had to watch for aggression, competition and ego. That is true in everything in life when we stray from God and allow worldly ways to take over. The fun then disappears.
To keep my focus straight, I have to remember where everything Good comes from and it is certainly not me. Isaiah 26:3 reads “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind (both its inclination and its character) is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.”
As I strive to stay near Him, I realize I never have to face a challenge alone because I can never, ever be separated from God, Good, but I have to constantly be aware of giving Him the glory as well as my problems.
Several days ago in the early morning, I was having an anxious dream where I was looking for a friend while on an escalator that I couldn’t get off. There was no end to it and it was moving rather fast and it seemed so very real. In my dream, the thought came to pray and the thought immediately following was “why don’t I just wake up?” Immediately I was awake remembering that uncomfortable dream.
Shortly after, I was reminded of the first verse of a song from our Hymnal we frequently sing in Church which states,
“O dreamer, leave thy dreams for joyful waking,
O captive, rise and sing, for thou art free:
The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking,
Unloosing bonds of all captivity.”
Throughout the day, when anything negative tried to come into my thoughts, I just simply thought to wake up to the Truth and see what God sees, since you can rest assured it is not negative!
This morning as I read from a devotional book; one other than what I usually study, the first sentence got my attention! It began “Give up the illusion that you deserve a problem-free life.” As I reread it, I thought that I definitely didn’t agree with that. It is just that attitude that keeps one down spiritually. One that says we are not deserving and a woeful outlook. I turned immediately to God and knew the Truth for me. I am deserving as we all are since we express God. We may have problems which are actually only opportunities for spiritual growth, but to look at life as one problem after another is depressing to me and I refuse to look at my life like that. I choose grateful expectancy of Good!
John 16:33 reads, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” That does not say to me that I don’t deserve a problem-free life.
This morning I have been praying about our precious little Church, which expresses magnanimity since Love guides, not countless detailed rules. As I think about the committees I serve, I ask myself does my prayer mean listening for Love’s guidance or for my views to prevail? And I do feel our Church is and should be inclusive rather than exclusive and cliquish. My heart fills with humility and gratitude as I think about our membership and I turn to Ephesians 3:20-21 which reads, “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”
This morning at art class I found myself comparing my picture against the other four students. Soon I was feeling so low that it was difficult to continue. Then I turned to God and felt remorse when I remembered I was expressing God, not Becky. Within five minutes my husband texted me that someone had contacted him they would like to purchase one of my watercolors I had posted on Facebook. Our every human need is always met by Divine Love.
When I returned to my desk at home and was praying about this, I opened my Bible to I Peter 5:6-7 which reads, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” There is always an “angel message” for us when we humble ourselves.