Luke talks about the two men walking to Emmaus after the Crucifixion and they were so distraught as a stranger began to walk along with them questioning them why they were so upset. This was the Christ but due to their grieving and distraction they didn’t even recognize Him. Sometimes, I am reminded myself when I seem to be distracted by world, family or personal affairs that I don’t even recognize the Christ always with me just waiting for me to turn to God and drop all of these imagined fears.
John 8:32 states “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” This comes after total submission to God and release of personal ego and fear! I am so grateful for these promises and Truths to live by.
Claude Monet, the famous artist reportedly said “People discuss my art and pretend to understand as if it was necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.” So often, when I am experiencing a challenge in my life, my first question I ask myself is “Where do I need to love more?” When I am loving wholeheartedly and without ego, any and all fear dissipates and I begin to experience change.
Genesis 28:15 reads “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”
There is an old legend telling of a captain on a large ship in the middle of the night. In the distance, he sees a light so he has his messenger send out a message saying they demand the right-away due to the size of their ship so they must move aside. The captain has him continue on with the importance of his ship and his demands when they finally receive a message back saying “This is the lighthouse!”
After remembering this, the thought of God being the lighthouse came to mind. So often, due to beliefs of importance and false knowledge, we think we should tell God what we need when it is always the other way around. Genesis 28:15 states “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Today, I will seek the lighthouse; not my own understanding.
Early today I “googled” a recipe which is so convenient and easy to do. Then I was reminded when something arises, do I call a friend or someone who would agree with me about an issue or do I call someone who would help me to see the Truth or do I call on God? There are times when God is not where I turn first but should always be.
Isaiah 41:10 reads “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Dependency on God is maturity rather than immaturity! Thank you, Father for every opportunity I am given to grow in grace.
This morning on my way to Church, it began to rain and I was on a seven-mile stretch of a narrow, windy, hilly road. As I looked in the distance, I saw a large truck with a ladder extended from it in the middle of the road. As I continued my drive, I began to be concerned because I didn’t see anyway to get around it. Attempting to figure it out in my head as I drove on, but before I knew it I was driving past this large truck because it was probably 100 feet from the road out in a pasture. It had only looked like it was on the road.
Then I quickly thought of fear problems of the future and knew when we turned to God, they are not even challenges. The “what ifs” we entertain just simply take away our joy and are imagined. Deuteronomy 31:6 states “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” Praise God and stay in the present!
This morning as I pray about the world, I am reminded of the carnal mind in Romans 8:7 which reads “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.” Isn’t this the same mind that attempts to come in to tell us we are not smart enough, good enough, well enough, etc. ? Just as we should be aware of fake news, we should be aware of this type of thinking; refute it, remove it and replace it with the Truth about us. We are made in the image and likeness of God; perfect, whole, pure, spotless, innocent, etc. God being the only Creator, looked at all He ever made and said it was very Good.
Philippians 4:4-6 states “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
This morning while at the nail salon, a lady came in who I thought was very loud and obnoxious. I was trying to ignore her and continue with my reading but it was an impossible task. On the way home, I was thinking about how unchristian my thoughts toward her had been so I began to pray and ask for forgiveness.
Within thirty minutes after returning home I was opening my mail when I read a card from the daughter of a dear friend who had recently passed. The card was about her mother’s love and admiration for me. All at once I had an epiphany because within a short period of time I had reacted to a situation and judged myself and this lady harshly ; then had received this wonderful message. There was no difference!! Neither of these events could or should effect who I am! After calling my good friend to share with her, she responded that she had been working with “Perfect Love casteth out fear.” Perfect Love is without any ego at all whereas fear is all about ego. My only validation comes from God/Love.
Numbers 6:24-26 states “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”
Will continue to watch this unfolding with Love, humility and expectancy.
Yesterday, I allowed my feelings to be hurt by a dear family member. For a while, there was self-pity, self-justification, self-condemnation, etc. even after knowing that the battle is always God’s, never mine. This morning as I humbly prayed to see what God sees, I was led to Matthew 12:48, 50 which reads “But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, ‘Who is My mother and who are my brothers?'” ‘For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.'”
This is exactly what I needed to hear to remove all of the “self”‘s. Then I began seeing this precious one as a child of God and simply loved her more. Love is always the answer, no matter what the problem seems to be. My prayer recently had been to see God/Love in every situation so I was given that opportunity to do so.
Last night after watching a lecture on the healing power of stillness, I was reminded of a popular book written years ago entitled “God is my Co-pilot”, which went on to become bumper stickers on many cars! Even back then, I would question that phrase. The lecturer said there were times when she thought of herself as the CEO of her life and God as the Divine Assistant that she would turn to from time to time.
The answer to any challenge I am addressing isn’t revealed to me until I see that God is the CEO, not the other way around. Today I will listen more and realize it is through listening, not trying to figure things out, that my understanding is increased. Psalm 5:11 states “But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.”
This morning I am working in the 12th chapter of Luke where it reads in verses 16 and 17 “The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought within himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?'” There is no evidence of his cheating or mistreating others, but his error seemed to be of his self-absorption and thinking only of wealth and ease materially.
This brought to mind when I am struggling with a challenge, I begin to have “tunnel vision” and am only concerned with a solution to this problem. Right then, right there is when I should turn wholeheartedly to God and listen for that still, soft voice. Where that obsession to relief is sometimes keeps me from the spiritual growth that is much needed! It is never about me but always about learning more about God and my relationship with Him. I am so grateful for that.