Yesterday while checking out at the grocery store, the cashier told me from the beginning, this was only the second time to check out alone. From then on, it was having to stop and get help with different items, to check prices and correct mistakes. About this time, someone pushed her basket into me from the rear accidentally and apologized profusely.
Now what was so special to me was the compassion I felt for all of these so-called “inconveniences”. There was a time when only one of these things would have irritated me to no end. Later I saw this experience as a “pop quiz” to see if I were practicing what I had been studying and praying about; certainly not a punishment.
When I returned home, the first thing my husband said was “Wow, that didn’t take you anytime!” It was so amusing when I knew before I would have been checking my watch. Also, the remainder of the day was delightful as well. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2. Only Good is going on.
For ages, physical scientists have been saying that the human uses only a fraction of its ability to see the material universe. If this is the case, should what we see materially be used as Law. 1 Corinthians 2:9 reads, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard…the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”
If we are harboring criticism, condemnation, hatred, dishonesty, selfishness and fear in thought, couldn’t that affect our eyesight? Don’t we see things clearer when our thoughts are filled with Love and gratitude and compassion? It seems to me that it is not good eyes needed as much as good thoughts!
As I think of a person who may appear my enemy, how can that be if I am learning compassion, patience and humility during this trial? I will read and re-read Matthew 5:43-48, which reads, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy’. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?”
Today, I will practice that Love!
Any time I have a thought of Love, compassion, inspiration, I know it comes from God. That is the still, small voice that is within. When I cannot hear it, it is because of negative emotions such as self-righteousness, self-justification, anger, unforgiveness, disappointments, hurt feelings, etc. So, it is up to me to recognize those emotions and replace them with Love and compassion. This, of course, is not something I can do humanly, but by turning to God and asking for His help, I can rest assured I can see what He sees! John 13:27 states, “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.”
A reflection of trees in the water.