In Biblical times, oil was poured over the head of a sheep to keep out mites that would lay eggs and the sheep would beat it’s head against something hard to attempt to get peace. Haven’t we felt the same way when peace seems unreachable? Psalms 23:5 states “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil”. The oil we receive from asking God and accepting it is inspiration to see the reality of our true being. There can never be imperfection in perfection and if we are made in the image and likeness of God as the first chapter of Genesis says, we are spiritually perfect. We need to start from perfection rather than look for perfection. God is perfect!
As we work to stay in gratitude and humility, our heart can hear God more clearly than when we are buried in pride and fear. Today I choose gratitude and humility!
While rejoicing about the rescue of the young boys from the cave in Thailand, I first thought of things said about the assistant coach being irresponsible in taking them inside the cave. Now, it has been revealed that the same young man had studied to be a monk and not only had he taught the boys how to meditate he had shared his food and water with them. How wonderful! Once again, I was reminded of how we should view others through God’s eyes, which is Love.
2 Corinthians 4:6-7 states ” For God, who said, Let light shine out of darkness, made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Yesterday I read an article written by Darla Baerg on the “pros” and “cons” of controlled fires in large forests. With pine trees, the pine cones have a seed in them which is only activated by intense heat. This is a natural process in some areas in order to grow new trees.
We can relate to this in our own life wanting to avoid any and all discomfort, but by walking through these fires, not only to we have to lean totally on God, real growth comes from walking through those flames. This is not punishment but for our own Good.
Psalms 66:12 reads “You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance.”
Some years ago, I recall a book and movie entitled “The Stepford Wives” which depicted this town with robotic women who had perfect homes, humanly perfect appearances and not a human care in the world. Not only was this frightening to me, but boring as well. The reality is that we live in a Spiritually perfect world but we are to see through God’s eyes which are love. Sometimes there is a temptation to want everything to be perfect humanly, but that can never happen and the material senses will never make sense. Keeping our focus on God is the only way to see perfection, which will never have imperfection of any kind.
Romans 8:15-16 reads “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” This means spiritually, not materially.
This morning as I was praying about the rescue of the boys’ soccer team and their assistant coach from the cave in Thailand, I had been reading the Holy Bible and “Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures” by Mary Baker Eddy asking for guidance on how to pray. Was immediately led to a citation in Science and Health, which stated “Material belief is slow to acknowledge what the spiritual fact implies. The Truth is the centre of all religion. It commands sure entrance into the realm of Love.” That seemed to be the answer for me as I thought of the dire predictions humanly but soon remembered that God was right there with those children in the cave.
Also, the prayers going out from people all over the world have to be comforting them and those who are seeking an entrance in order to save them. My prayer today surrounds those inside as well as outside those walls. Then, I realized I was praying for the entire universe.
Romans 8:38-39 states “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Naturally, we should be grateful to all of those who have fought so we can have freedom in this great country of ours. Shouldn’t we also want freedom from hatred, envy, criticism, judgment, revenge, bitterness and all other negative feelings? That is true freedom and that comes with refuting those and replacing them with Love, kindness, compassion, gratitude and humility. Today, my prayer is that all men, women and children can taste of freedom within. That can be done with focusing on God, Love!
Titus 3:5 states “He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit.”
As I pray this morning for more grace, wisdom, compassion, discernment and clarity, it dawns on me that a few years back, I would have been praying for material things that even if I received them, the happiness would be short-lived. This prayer helps me in my everyday life which has become more joyous even while having challenges. Spiritual growth does not need to be painful, which actually means giving up human will and ego and growing into appreciation for all the Good we already have.
Psalm 5:2-3 states “Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” To me, that means praying and then releasing that request and then expecting only Good.
Instant Image by Donna Virgil Holden
“When you stand before the mirror, you do not have to wait to see your counterpart appear, or glass elucidate.
Nor does God wait for you to reach a slow perfection. Existing now, at one with Him, you are instantly reflection.”
We are now made in the image and likeness of that perfect God!