Have read the parable about the lost sheep and the Shepherd leaving the ninety-nine to go search for it hundreds of times , but while studying this time another thought came to me. That also could mean the Shepherd could lovingly reveal to this lost sheep what is holding him back from peace, harmony and prosperity. This, being revealed, one can address the error in thought, correct it and release it. Luke 15:10 reads “Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” Wouldn’t this be speaking of reformation?
There is never a lack of Good, but we must look through God’s eyes in order to see it.
Many years ago when moving to another city, we found our dream home and bought it before we had sold the previous one because we did not want to lose it to another buyer. My husband moved and I stayed behind since I owned a jewelry store at the time and would go back on the week-ends. After a few weeks, I began to become very fearful since my son was taking over the jewelry store and we actually needed the money from our home.
Praying about it constantly became a ritual as I outlined how it should happen and how much we would receive. During this time, the worry became so obsessive it would be the last thing I thought about at night and would awake to the same worry. While telling my son that I had been praying about it and asking for signs, he laughed and said that he doubted God would answer me with a billboard or other signs like that.
When driving from the store one afternoon and praying, I came upon the exit to go to my previous home where I was staying and I noticed a “yield” sign. I drove about a block and there was construction and another “yield” sign and yes, there was a third sign a block away. A light came on in my consciousness and I knew it was from God since He comes to us where we are! Immediately, I thanked Him for the sign and knew all was well and complete. That next week-end at an open house, we received a contract and the house sold. I just needed to open my eyes to the perfection all around and release the fear that can seem crippling and keep us from seeing that God is always working His purpose out and it blessing all. Psalm 25:14-15 reads “The Lord confides in those who fear Him; He makes His covenant known to them. My eyes are ever on the Lord, for only He will release my feet from the snare.”
It had been five years since we had had the large trees in our yard trimmed so this week we had all the old, dead limbs cut off and carried away. Not only do our trees look healthy and beautiful, our yard is more opened and the view clearer. As I was pondering this sitting at my desk, praying while looking out my window, it occurred to me I might need to do this trimming and casting away old, dead beliefs in my thinking and I surely needn’t wait five years to do this. As I practiced this, I saw how my vision improved when the temptation arose of seeing a past incident. Viewing this through God’s eyes, it put a whole different slant on things. God was with me right then as well as right now so I needed to cast off imagined hurt feelings and replace them with the Truth that I have never been separated from God for an instant.
Romans 8:38-39 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.” By staying with these verses, the old beliefs have been obliterated that say I was ever separated from my Good, God!
Yesterday an old classmate of mine posted that he had been in line to pay his bill at a restaurant recently and was standing behind a man that appeared arrogant and impatient. My friend said he finally said to him, “How are you doing, Chief?” The man replied that he was doing the best he could in trying to deal with his wife’s cancer. He had so misjudged this man and soon they were having an intimate talk and love and concern was expressed.
How many times have we done this? It takes real humility to listen to another with true compassion on what is being said and what is not. This opportunity comes to me daily and my goal is to express more and more love no matter the circumstance. Love is always the answer.
“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
This morning at Church the solo was the following that I found so appropriate!
” A man ventures into town, but he’s robbed and he’s beaten down. More than one person passes him by without offering to lend a hand. Til a man with a foreign face takes notice and slows his pace. He casts aside social barriers and takes the stranger under his care. And the grateful man he asks why did you save me?
In this world we all share—
One Father, one Mother – each heart like the other – look through the eyes of Love and you’ll only see your brother there. There’s power in forgiveness – I believe we can live this – look through the eyes of Love and you’ll see you’re not that different from me.
Now you say that your God’s not mine. And that’s why you draw this line. There are too many differences and it’s best we remain status quo. But we travel from shore to shore, so our worlds collide all the more. We’re given chances to reach out like that kind stranger long ago. And if we could only try to hear each other, we would learn that…
In this world we all share one Father, one Mother”
Couldn’t we all learn from the story of “The Good Samaritan”? Luke 10:25-37
As I have been pondering John 5:30 , it states, “I can of my own self do nothing.”, the thought came to me how easy it is to know all Good comes from God. What is a little more difficult for me is when I am faced with error, I want to blame myself! Then I realize that is exactly what the line in the Lord’s Prayer means when it says, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” The temptation is to believe I can ever be separated from God.
By following the teachings of Jesus, and clinging steadfastly to God, I know that evil can never be a part of me or anyone else as I look through God’s eyes.