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.
Yesterday, I allowed my feelings to be hurt by a dear family member. For a while, there was self-pity, self-justification, self-condemnation, etc. even after knowing that the battle is always God’s, never mine. This morning as I humbly prayed to see what God sees, I was led to Matthew 12:48, 50 which reads “But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, ‘Who is My mother and who are my brothers?'” ‘For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.'”
This is exactly what I needed to hear to remove all of the “self”‘s. Then I began seeing this precious one as a child of God and simply loved her more. Love is always the answer, no matter what the problem seems to be. My prayer recently had been to see God/Love in every situation so I was given that opportunity to do so.
As I sit at my desk, studying and praying, I reflect back over my childhood. Memories come flooding back of all the stories my mother told me of Santa Claus, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny and on and on. They were all fabricated and I was told all of these things by someone who claimed to love me unconditionally. After discussing this with a dear friend and mentor, she simply said “Your mom’s motive was pure and from Love.” A light clicked on in my consciousness and no longer did I focus on those stories, but her Love!
Then I was reminded of calls I may receive asking for prayerful help and sometimes, I may be having the same challenge. When we talk about God and His Healing power, there is an issue of hypocrisy that needs to be addressed in my thinking. Once again, my motive is pure and the caller may even see the Truth before I do, but God protects my motive. Jeremiah 3l:3 reads “The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love I have drawn you with loving-kindness.'” Always, always check your motive and make certain it is from Love.
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!
Recently I watched a reporter interview a principal of a school about a bus driver and then, he goes on to interview the driver himself. It was evident that the driver was special as he developed a relationship with each of the children. He also assigned them responsibilities on the bus, creating harmony and order and was their friend which was also evident when the children were interviewed.
He loves his job and you could easily recognize this when he said that his paycheck was the bonus because the real pay came in these kiddos’ faces when he acknowledged each and every one of them. While reflecting on this, I thought “Shouldn’t every job be like this?” His love for his job and these children were the first thing you saw !
Psalm 119:27 “Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders.”
This morning as I was reading an article about “universal love”, the author quoted his friend as saying “Every time we stop an angry thought, we stop a bullet somewhere in the world.” Isn’t that thought-provoking? Each day I pray about the violence in the world and when I think on those words, I certainly see how I can help! My prayer today is to become more aware of my thoughts and actions and more responsible, as well. Will watch for any negativity and immediately refute it and replace it with thoughts of love and gratitude. ! Timothy 2:8 states “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.”
My first call of the day was of someone telling me that he didn’t have a restful night and I thought of mine, which was very restful and peaceful and became grateful rather than take it for granted. There is always so much for which to be grateful and that very state of mind leaves no room for anger. Thank you, Father.
This morning I watched a video someone posted about a large high school choir on the balconies of a huge hotel singing “Down to the River to Pray” Acappella and it was simply beautiful. Listening to this, I was thinking of the many unselfish hours given to practicing for the joy of others. Watching the students and seeing their focus on the one Choir Director and the harmony they produced and realizing this was only possible with that one focal point and the blending came from joined efforts; not one being louder or better than another.
Then I thought of a spinning ballerina having to maintain her balance by one focal point who would otherwise become confused and dizzy. My point is by keeping my focus on God and not human circumstances, I can remain in balance. Hebrews 12:2 reads “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”