This morning as I was awakened by a telephone call where someone needed prayerful support, I was instantly reminded of my prayer yesterday. My prayer is always to do good daily and be always willing to turn to God immediately. While I was thinking along these lines, I was led to Matthew 20:30 which reads “Behold, two blind men sitting by the way side, when they heard that Jesus passed by, cried out, saying, ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, thou son of David.'” This took place while Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem where He was met with betrayal, condemnation and crucifixion, but He stops to heal them.
After reading this, I became so aware that rather than turn people away, He gladly and lovingly received them, no matter what was going on. Shouldn’t I do the same?
This morning I read an article about a woman who, for months, had a pain in her neck. During this time, she prayed and prayed about it. One day over lunch with a friend, the conversation turned to someone this woman strongly disliked. During this conversation she was reminded that our true being is spiritual, perfect and harmonious. Her constant feeling of dislike about this person had become habitual without her even recognizing it. Soon after praying to see this person as God sees her, there was a resolution and the relationship was healed. Shortly after, the pain was gone in her neck because there was absolutely no tension when she thought about the other person.
As I was pondering this, I was reminded about a political figure who I didn’t like and was always listening to garbage about this person. Since I didn’t know this person personally, I didn’t see the harm until I realized that I was disobeying God. I John 3 :7 states “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” That means everyone! We can not pick and choose who we see as the child of God.
This morning as I began to awake, I had been dreaming that I was searching for my car in a large parking lot and could not find it. There was a feeling of anxiety in my thinking until I awoke and realized it had only been a dream. It had felt so very real! Then I began to ponder on times when I had tried to pray but couldn’t due to the same feeling I had just experienced. Isn’t “awakening” needed to realize God is always in charge and we need only to humble ourselves and release human will to see what He is seeing, which is always harmony and perfection.
2 Corinthians 10:5 states ” We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” We are never, ever separated from God and His wisdom.
Recently heard someone talk about the piece of music “Ode to Joy”. Now that music is written perfectly, but if someone struggles when playing it, it doesn’t make the piece imperfect! One would keep practicing until he got it right. Then I began to think about man, who was made perfect in His image and likeness. Yes, we make mistakes but God’s Love neutralizes those mistakes when we learn from them and forgive ourselves, release them and continue forward. Our true self doesn’t become imperfect. My thought is this journey is about learning more and more about God and our relationship to Him and realizing only Spiritual growth is going on.
Romans 8:39 states “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.” That includes mistakes we may make along the way.
This morning in my Bible study was Ecclesiastes 5:8 which reads “If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for He that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.” As we listen to the news, this verse can be so comforting. Of course, we should take human footsteps as God reveals to us what is to be done, but there is enough anger, human will and hatred already. As I pray with this verse and know in my heart God is in control with no opposing power, I am comforted and listen for His instructions. One thing I know for sure is Love should be first and foremost in our heart; not ego, greed and ambition.
Recently while driving, a car sped past me flying! All at once I began watching him while speculating how fast he was going. Continuing to watch and judge him, I happened to glance down at my speedometer and it was registering ten miles an hour over the speed limit. Somewhat amused, I was reminded what someone said to me years ago, “Remember, when you are pointing your finger at someone, you have three pointed at yourself.” That is so true! That is exactly when there is something I need to address in my own life.
Psalms 119:34 states “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.” Today, I will be conscious of my own needs of improvement, but lovingly.
Today while sitting at my desk before my study and prayer work, I glance out the window and observe the gray and colorless morning. It seems to mirror how I feel. I think of all the cold and rainy days we have had recently when I remind myself in a couple of months, because of this weather our fields will be brilliant with bluebonnets and other colorful wildflowers. This is needed for the germination of these beauties.
Just recently did I take down all of the decorations in our home and there was color everywhere. For the last two months, we have had many family and friends come to visit and it has been such a wonderful time. Mentally, on my knees I ask for God’s forgiveness on His wisdom knowing I need this quiet time. Gratitude and humility replace a false depressing feeling in my heart! 2 Corinthians 4:17 reads “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.” Thank you, Father, for today!