A very interesting thing happened to me this morning. While sitting at my desk with glass across the entire back of the room, the sun was hidden behind the clouds, so I got up and turned on my large light. After returning to my desk and reading a short while, the sun came out and the room was bright once again. Then, I turned off the light once again and the same thing happened again and again about four times. A light came on in my consciousness and I realized the light was from within, not without!
And once again, this showed me that it is always my choice how I want to see any and everything. Today, I will be alert and see what God/Love is seeing. Psalm 5:3 states “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” We are not now and have never been separated from God, nor could ever be so we can always see what He sees.
Yesterday we were waiting for our groceries to be delivered and discussing a tip for the driver. Soon we were in a full-out discussion on how we tip. We both agreed that in a restaurant, the size of the tip was determined by the service; the better the service, the larger the tip and if the service was bad, the tip would be next to nothing. After decades of doing this, a light came on! When you have a server with an attitude, that person needs love! It could change his or her life! We are not aware of what that person is dealing with right then.
As I thought on, it occurred to me that we needed little cards to leave with the tip that said “You are loved!” or “Love reflects Love”. Immediately my belief vanished and a deeper understanding of Love appeared. That is not rewarding bad behavior but expressing unconditional love that is needed. That is my new practice!!
Ephesians 5:8 states “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” I choose light.
This morning as I study and pray at my desk, a thought came to me which was “It is not the destination, but the journey.” Then I thought, maybe that is not true because we are always at the destination! We are always at our perfect place and not necessarily looking forward as we think we have not arrived yet. Once again, that makes me think I have not reached a place yet and it is still out of my reach and it keeps me in the future, rather than the present. Today, I will rejoice where I am and blossom where I am planted.
Romans 13:12 states “The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Perhaps, the day is right here. We need only open our eyes.
As I worked with this verse from Matthew 10 which reads “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known”, a thought came to mind. This could also mean that our true identity as God’s precious child would come to light! In the past, I would think of something someone had done that had not been made public and it always seemed to be dark and foreboding. Then I was led to Acts 17:27-28 which states “God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are His offspring.'”
Light seemed to shine inside my head as I prayed with these verses.
There is an old legend telling of a captain on a large ship in the middle of the night. In the distance, he sees a light so he has his messenger send out a message saying they demand the right-away due to the size of their ship so they must move aside. The captain has him continue on with the importance of his ship and his demands when they finally receive a message back saying “This is the lighthouse!”
After remembering this, the thought of God being the lighthouse came to mind. So often, due to beliefs of importance and false knowledge, we think we should tell God what we need when it is always the other way around. Genesis 28:15 states “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Today, I will seek the lighthouse; not my own understanding.
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!
While thinking about the birth of Christ, I thought of the wise men searching. They were certainly following with their heart and not their head, because they were following a star. Continuing with their heart, upon finding the babe, they knelt down in humility to praise and adore Him. None of this was done intellectually!
Yesterday as I was praying to see Love expressed everywhere, I turned in my chair while at my desk and glanced out over the golf course. An older couple were playing and a car drove up on the other side of them and a young woman got out and ran over to greet them holding a wrapped present. After embracing, she left and waved at them as she returned to her car. Now, I had just prayed to see God/Love expressed everywhere and there it was. Love could actually be felt by watching this scene.
Luke 1:78 -79 reads “A light from on high will dawn upon us…To shine upon and give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to direct and guide out feet…into the way of peace.”
This morning as I sit at my desk studying and praying, I look out my back windows at the heavy fog. The trees and the hills are barely visible and actually, almost hidden, but I know this is temporary. Once the light appears, all will be clear. 2 Corinthians 4:6 states, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
This is also true about any challenge we may experience. Once the light comes through our thinking and we can see clearer and see the Truth, which is always harmonious! I don’t have to wring my hands to see if this fog is going to lift; neither do I have to while waiting on God to reveal to me His perfection. There can never be any imperfection in perfection.
While studying the feeding of the multitude in Matthew, a light came on within. The disciples wanted to turn the multitude away rather than feed them because they were coming from limitation of Good. It is certainly not just talking about food, but forgiveness, enlightenment, understanding and compassion. How often is Love withheld from someone that is different from us? Or even forgiveness, because we feel we are justified in being angry. There is plenty of Love to go around! Good multiplies as we share it. So does error!
The question arises “Am I really sure I understand what I am reading?” and I may hesitate to share it since it may not be correct. Then I quietly realize my understanding comes from God and cannot be wrong. Matthew 14:20 reads “and they all ate and were satisfied.” To me, that means they all received what they needed.
While studying the Bible Lesson yesterday about the rich young ruler, it occurred to me that Jesus was telling him to give up his old false cherished beliefs and listen for God’s message. When sharing this with a friend, he remarked that he thought not because he thought it was about not obeying God. After our conversation, I realized there is no right or wrong answer when we humbly ask God for inspiration. Next time I read it, something totally different may be revealed to me. Genesis 3:8-9 states “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they his from the Lord God among the trees of the garden, but the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?’.”
Then a light came on in my thinking that I am fine wherever I am. God is right here!