This morning I had a tooth extracted. This may not seem important to some but to me it was almost miraculous. In the past, there has been such horror with a dentist that I called a friend two weeks ago to pray with me about this morning. We worked to know that Love was in that office with each and everyone. We worked with “Perfect Love casteth out fear.” This was going to be a new dentist as well. There has never been a time when I was treated with such kindness and compassion! I felt nothing! She told me she had loved her childhood dentist and no one else seemed to like theirs, so she wanted to become one like hers had been so more people would have that experience.
Needless to say, it was Love expressed again to meet the challenge. Psalm 23:1-3 states “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
So often people think if you look on the bright side of circumstances, you are in denial and a “Pollyanna”. This is so far from the Truth. A scientist once reported that the human eye only sees a fraction of a millionth to what surrounds. That tells me that I should not totally believe what I see; most likely I have missed something.
Then I think of the constancy of God/Love and know He is forever taking care of me. It matters not what is going on around me. Jeremiah 31:3 states “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love: I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'” When I begin my prayer knowing this, all things fall into place.
This morning I came across the above titled poem written by Louise Knight Wheatley years ago. It begins with her prayer asking for success, prosperity, friends, a nice home, luxury and joy. Many lines later and I am sure years later, it ends with
“Ah, Love divine, how empty was that prayer of other days! That which was once so fair,–Those flimsy baubles which the world calls joys Are nothing to me now but broken toys, outlived, outgrown. I thank Thee that I know those much-desired dreams of long ago, like butterflies, have had their summer’s day of brief enchantment, and have gone. I pray for better things.
Thou knowest, God above, My one desire now–Teach me to Love.”
As I read and reread that poem, I thought of my own prayers and how they have changed over the years and I humbly express so much gratitude for this spiritual growth.
Recently saw a photograph of raindrops on a red rose that was so beautiful! Decided I wanted to paint it and have started over more than a half dozen times. It is in my head but I can’t transfer it to a canvas. The more I try, the more frustrated I become and I just want to give up. The irritation doesn’t stop with the painting.
A light comes on and I stop to pray. John 5:30 states “I can of mine own self do nothing:” Then I see there was no humility nor love in my motive; just a desire to prove “I can do this!” Now, I look in all parts of my life to see where I need to be more loving and humble and know with God’s help, of course I can paint this rose and will release human will power and human outlining but come from expressing Love and sees what shows up on the canvas!
Last night we watched a program about love and forgiveness. This morning I was reminded if either of those are conditional, they cease to be love and forgiveness. One cannot love everyone, but or forgive everyone, but! There are political figures and other celebrities that I didn’t feel I loved and have been very critical of them. As I think about Jesus on the cross and it has been told he even forgave then; shouldn’t I do the same? “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.” That is certainly not saying we should not pray about the world but genuinely know and understand there is a higher power than what we are seeing and there is no stronger power than Love.
While reading about a young man who left a “hate group” when he actually met some of the people he was supposed to hate and realized he didn’t hate them, I began my internal examination of my heart to see where I needed to love more. Philippians 4:8 reads “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable –if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.” That is exactly what I want to do today, with the help of God.
Last year when my husband bought his car for our second vehicle, it only came with one key which was digital. He was to make an appointment and return to the dealership to have the second key made. He never went back. Today after misplacing the only key, I immediately reminded him that he should have had that second key made last year.
Then I went to pray about it but my thought was so filled with “self-righteousness” and was having a difficult time praying with that type of thinking. A light soon came on for me as I knew I couldn’t subtract to find the answer to an addition problem. Neither could I get a positive result coming from a negative. My thought immediately humbled as I thought about his patience with me so we called our service who sent out someone at no charge to open the door. The key had fallen on the floorboard.
Romans 8:26 reads “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” I knew immediately that they would be found when I replaced negative thoughts with love and gratitude.
This afternoon my niece called from another city while visiting her mother, my sister. She put the telephone up to her ear and I was able to tell her that I love her! She has not known me for over five years but my niece said that she smiled a big smile. In my heart I believe she recognized my voice and that call has made my day. Gratitude and humility are filling my spirit as I bask in God’s Love. Psalm 16:11 reads “You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fulness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
There is always something to be grateful for and they seem to multiply when we become conscious of them.