Recently while visiting another city for five days, and after our first taxi ride which was pricey, my husband and I agreed to learn to ride the subway which would be much more cost-effective since we had numerous meetings to attend. We were sitting on the “T” and looking over the map of the city and becoming more and more confused. Sitting next to us was a young man with his ear plugs in and reading. It was apparent he was from the middle east and we then wondered if he spoke English. Then we thought he may not want to be disturbed, but finally my husband leaned over and tapped him on the shoulder. Immediately, he took out his ear pieces and smiled asking how he could help us. The next fifteen minutes he not only explained what we should do and where we should depart and get back on, he also told us he was working on his PHD in medical science and going home, which was the mid-east, to visit family. Our time with him was so loving, enlightening and helpful but we had to overcome fear first.
Isaiah 60:2 reads “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.” The darkness became light as we listened, obeyed and just loved!
Yesterday at a luncheon, the conversation turned to useless wars and terrorism. As there seemed to be heated responses, I began turning inward and after returning home, I began pondering my own thoughts. Soon I was thinking of a family member who had recently hurt my feelings and how I always say I love this person but do not like her. After much prayer work, I saw how I tried to make her like me, though. There is sometime a mesmeric conversation that plays inside my head to show her how wrong she is. Then I thought of the Commandment, “Thou shalt now have any graven images.” and knew those conversation were indelibly printed in my thoughts at times. After much humble prayer to see what God sees, my heart began to feel softened, not broken.
Isaiah 60:2 states, “See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.” Maybe, at times my heart has to be broken in order for it to be softened. I thank God that He does not give up on me or anyone.
Two years ago today, an old classmate of mine reached out on social media for prayer for her son who was stranded in a snow storm out on a highway in New Mexico in a broken down car. Immediately, I began to pray knowing man could never, ever be separated from God because He is ever-present. Continuing to pray, I could feel God’s arms around this young man I had never met. The next morning, his mother shared that a truck driver spotted his broken down car in the snow storm and was able to help push him to a service station up the road.
Of course, the station was a “Love” service station. I decided I needed to write about this and I have been sharing this blog since. There are some days that I do not write, but certainly not because God is not here and 2 Samuel 22:29 comes to mind as it states “You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”
Recently I read in an article a story about someone who posted a silhouette on facebook and urged everyone to tell what they saw. After studying this for sometime, there were those asking “could it be a flower, an insect or a dragon?” Finally, the trick was to focus on the light and a face came into view and from then on, that’s all you saw!
Couldn’t we apply this is our life as we are searching for answers? We certainly cannot find them in the dark. When the light is on in our thinking, we can see with such clarity. Malachi 3:10 comes to thought saying, “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.” Food to me represents Light and understanding! With the help of God, I will stay in the Light today.
Even Jesus was tempted by error or satan, so why should we be surprised when we are. “If you really are the son of God, you should be able to turn that stone into bread.” Now, if Jesus, the most spiritual man ever, was tempted, we should think of what He said to error. “Get thee behind me, Satan!” How often do we hear in our thoughts, “If you were a better person or if you hadn’t done this or that, or if you weren’t so stupid….”?
In the prayer he gave to us he tells us “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil;”. The very instant my thought becomes dark or doubting, I turn to Romans 8:38-39 which 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.”
While praying with those verses, the darkness disappears as I claim my inseparability to God!
So often when we sin (erroneous thinking) , the darkness becomes our refuge. We then wallow in self-pity, hatred, bitterness, self-righteousness, etc. By turning to the Christ, error is revealed to us to be corrected, not to punish us. The Christ (Truth, light) illuminates us by driving out the darkness.
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.” 1 John 1:17
Today I will work and pray with the above scripture, which reads “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” To me, that includes you and me and I will ask for discernment to see that in everything I see. With God’s eyes we will be able to do the following, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 . Truth destroys error, Love destroys hatred and light dispels darkness and the choice is mine on what I want to experience.