Last night, a family member telephoned me and we hadn’t talked in over a year. That is not unusual since this person has a history of irritating people in the family. We visited for over an hour and it was the most pleasant conversation we had ever had. As I had picked up the phone and saw the name, my first thought was “Oh no” and immediately caught my thought and quickly prayed to see God’s child instead. John 11:44 reads “And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes; and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus said unto them, ‘Loose him and let him go.'”
This reminded me to release preconceived opinions and know the Truth about God’s creation that He found “very good”. Being Easter week-end, I had also prayed to know that “He is risen!” and to raise my thoughts as well. Letting go of condemnation, bitterness, harsh judgments and other negativity, I am leaving room for joy!
While it appears I am getting stronger daily, I remember my strength comes from God and I just need to claim it, not regain it. While giving praise and noticing flowers and cards all around, right then when I would be feeling the Love, I think of someone I haven’t heard from during this time. Immediately, I recognize this thought coming from the carnal mind mentioned in the Bible which is enmity against God.
Rejecting a thought to try and pull me down, I humbly give thanks that I need not entertain it, but just reject it with the understanding that Love is all! Pondering III John 1:2, which states “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” , I know the choice is mine to contemplate this Truth rather than some error of any kind. Gratitude and humility reign within as I think about Easter and its promises.
Growing up in a fundamental religion, the Easter Season was confusing to me. First, I was taught at a very early age that Jesus died upon the cross for my sins. That was even before I knew what sin was! For years I decided that I must be very bad for Him to have to die for me and I couldn’t grasp what I was supposed to do to be saved. As I was led to a spiritual concept, my old beliefs changed to understanding that I was made in the image and likeness of God. God is Spirit, Love, Truth, Life, Soul, Principle and Mind and this began to make sense to me. I could actually be nothing unlike God! For so long, I tried to be perfect humanly and just seemed to make matters worse. Now, I start from perfection and little by little, any imperfection falls away into the nothingness it has always been. Isaiah 12:2 says, “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation.”