Last week packages of baked goodies were mailed to grandchildren and a great-niece in New York City. Paying for it to go second day, it was to be delivered on Friday, which it wasn’t and on Saturday, they left a notice at her door. On Monday, she went to the post office and was told it was on the truck and she would have to come back later. Here, at home, I began angry and called the local post office and was told it was out of her hands after it left here. Feeling very justified, I wanted to continue on until I knew I was trying to be right. The choice was mine. Did I want to turn to God or continue to be right and unhappy? I was led to Ephesians 3:20-21 which reads “Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
There was a total feeling of helplessness when it dawned on me that I am helpless without God, which can never be. I can’t pick and choose when I turn to God, but I knew I just experienced “human will” and “pride” and “ego”. As I release this to God, I know He has this! Rather than have my day ruined, I am rejoicing that I am not in control but knowing God is!
There are times it seems that I ask God to “fix” a human situation when, in fact, He never sees anything that need to be “fixed”. Instead of seeing God more manlike, I need to see man more Godlike. Resurrection is actually the disappearance of the false in the ever-presence of God. As I begin with God and ask to see His presence everywhere, the false just simply falls away. God is omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient Good and when I pray along those lines, my view becomes more Spiritual and Loving.
I Thessalonians 5:16-18 states “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” This is seeing through God’s eyes.
As I ponder this today, I think of when I am struggling, it is because human will is attempting to be in control. Then, when I turn to God and release human will, it is like the morning mist and distorted images that it contains dissolving in the presence of the sunlight. Humanly, we often think of “turning to God” as a state of passiveness, when actually, it is a very active exercise.
Praying with Colossians 3:15 bring peace as it states “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”
I John 4:18 reads, “There is no fear in Love; but perfect Love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in Love.” So many times it has felt like I should not be afraid, that it is something I need to do. Of course, I realize that fear is the basis of all anger, negative feelings, disease and pain of any kind. That verse is not telling us that there should be no fear in Love, but there is NO fear in Love. God is Love and can know no fear. “Be not afraid” and “Fear not” are all through the Bible. Would God expect His child to do something so difficult?
The Truth is God knows no fear, so how can we? We handle this with the knowledge that we are talking about God here, never, ever human love.
The only hatred that can ever hurt us is the hatred that we harbor in our hearts toward another. Love and fear or hatred can never co-exist. Matthew 5:44, 46 reads “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?” The Bible also tells us that the Kingdom of Heaven is within, but that would be impossible if there is hatred there. Today, I will be alert to my thoughts and correct any and all ungodlike thoughts I may have toward another. I choose joy!
While beginning my day, a couple of scenarios come into thought and I am reminded immediately that they are temporal since they are human, not spiritual. Spiritual qualities like Love, Truth, joy, peace, kindness, compassion are the real and eternal. Today, I will be happy for the things in my life right now! Philippians 4:4, 12 state “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!…I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.”
Today, I refuse to wait until this happens or that happens but grasp this moment with joy and expectancy of Good!
Human understanding will never bring permanent peace. There will always be another problem following so peace will be short-lived. By giving challenges to God and allowing God to be God, we are given an everlasting peace. Proverbs 3:5-6 reads, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
Today, I will let go of “trying to figure it out” and quieten my thoughts so that I can hear Him.