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!
John 11:44 states “And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.” While pondering this verse, it is revealed to me that often times I see others as they were years ago or think of something they had said or done. Certainly, I would want others to release certain things of my years-ago past. Today, I will be conscious of my thinking of others and refute thoughts that may not show myself or others in light! God sees us as His beloved children and I choose to do the same! In doing so, I let only light and love in.
Two years ago today, an old classmate of mine reached out on social media for prayer for her son who was stranded in a snow storm out on a highway in New Mexico in a broken down car. Immediately, I began to pray knowing man could never, ever be separated from God because He is ever-present. Continuing to pray, I could feel God’s arms around this young man I had never met. The next morning, his mother shared that a truck driver spotted his broken down car in the snow storm and was able to help push him to a service station up the road.
Of course, the station was a “Love” service station. I decided I needed to write about this and I have been sharing this blog since. There are some days that I do not write, but certainly not because God is not here and 2 Samuel 22:29 comes to mind as it states “You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”