A few days ago as I was sitting at my desk, a memory from over forty years ago which I have not thought of in that many years came up for me. My sons were very small and we were going on vacation to Washington, D. C. We didn’t use credit cards at the time and it looked like there was limited funds. The thing I remember most was my lack of concern and knew we would be provided for. The day before we left, we received a check in the mail for $300 from an insurance company that was an adjustment. In the early ’70’s $300 was a nice amount. Since then, I can see where my every human need has been met by Divine Love.
Psalm 27:13-14 states “I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” There has never been a time when I have been separated from God and today, I humbly think on this.
As I began my day today, peace was difficult to find since I was inundated with what I need to do. While writing an article, there seems to be a block and I have errands to run and on and on. Then I recognized this as restlessness and wondered about it. Immediately, I knew it to be the carnal mind talked about in the Bible used to steal my peace and joy and is really nothingness. After stilling my thoughts (prayer) it is up to me whether I want peace and joy or chaos. Easy choice! I choose peace and harmony which is the right and real. The carnal mind is world thought and we need not give it attention only to see through it as the nothingness it is.
Proverbs 20:24 reads “A man’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand his own way?” Listening to the voice from within, not the clamor from the world is always the answer.
The past few days have been spent studying and praying about self-righteousness. It can be subtle or blatant, but it can be seen through as erroneous thinking. Recently, when visiting with a friend who was telling me of hurt feelings and praying though sensitivity, immediately I saw that she was thinking she was humanly right! Lovingly, I pointed this out to her since I have certainly done the same thing, we both agreed that was breaking the first commandment “Thou shalt have no other God beside me.” Even while discussing symptoms of a disease one may think he has the right to complain. Often we even become defensive about symptoms!
Whether we are talking about self-pity, self-righteousness, self-justification, self-condemnation or any other self……., shouldn’t we address this, refute it and replace it with God is the only power there is? God is our Health, Supply, Shepherd, Guide and the only Cause there is. Isaiah 43:1 reads “But now this is what the Lord says–He who created you, O Jacob, He who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.'” Self is just ego and needs to be corrected immediately.
This morning as I began my prayer and study time, I began with God as I always do. But this time I thought of God as not only the Creator, but the only Cause and Effect, the only Supply, Health, Substance, the Maintainer of our Life and our guide and Shepherd. The more I thought along these lines, fear became non-existent and almost, absurd! If we are made in God’s likeness and image we have access to all Good. When we take responsibility for our thinking and immediately recognize what does not come from God, we can refute erroneous thinking and replace it with a Truth, knowing the allness of God and the nothingness of error.
1 Timothy 6:15 reads “Which God will bring about in His own time –God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.” When we quieten our thoughts and go into the closet to pray and simply listen; that is truly prayer.
Recently, while on vacation, we visited a small Indian Reservation where we shopped for a piece of pottery. We arrived early and this woman invited us into her home to show us the five pieces she had made to sell. The vase I found was small, delicate and beautiful and she had $150 price marked on it. I asked her what she would take for it and after thinking, she said $140. She then told us of the steps in making this piece of art and I was almost embarrassed. Before writing my check, I almost wrote it for $200 since I felt pity for how she lived.
Immediately, I caught my thought, wrote the check for $150 and she was beaming. How dare me feel sorry for this lady who loved what she did and was so proud! What a beautiful experience we had listening to her as she proudly told the steps her family had been taking for hundreds of years in making this pottery.
John 14:27 reads “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” I felt such peace that day.