As I have been studying the Beatitudes in Matthew 5, I have been reading “The Gentle Art of Blessing” by Pierre Pradervand at the same time and found it very helpful. In the book, the author tells about how he began blessing others and especially those who had hurt him in some way. He told how he just didn’t use the words, but dug deep to see everyone’s true identity.
This spoke to me as I think of those that may not be my favorite people and then the list grew as I became amazed. If I truly love God, I must find Him in everyone. What a great lesson! That is exactly what I will do.
Today in class, the teacher gave us seven steps to do in order to finish a project we were working on. There was frustration throughout the class evidenced by the heavy sighs. No one could understand how we were getting to the finished product. After a while, each of us continued on our journey and what happened was amazing.
After each step was completed, the next step became clear and on and on until the next to the last step where we stopped today and will finish next week. We were all focused on the last step and where we currently were on the first step. It just hadn’t made sense.
James 1:4 states “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” This was the verse I used today and helped me to see that each and every step were important for me to achieve the end product.
Today at my art class, there were so many new ideas literally thrown at us, but as we used them in our work, they began to make sense. They certainly would not have been understood if she had given these to us three years ago at our first class.
Then, later I was reading an article where a lady was taking a swim course and the teacher had jumped in the pool and explained the law of flotation and buoyancy. When the student was later relating this to her husband, who was a physics major in college said, “Oh, yes, that’s Archimedes’ law of buoyancy ,” and proceeds to quote the law word for word. Now his wife was unaware of that law but it still worked for her.
As I was later studying and praying at my desk, it occurred to me I didn’t need to know everything about God, but what I do know is He is Love, Truth and Life, which is a great way to begin my prayers. Psalms 23:4 states “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.” I also know that God is always with me and I can never, ever be separated from Him. That is a good start for any prayer!