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 at my desk studying and praying, it really dawned on me that this is a new day! I don’t have to wait to receive fresh inspiration; it can happen right here, right now. Rather than rehearse the past, my thoughts can be filled with God’s wonder today, instead. This is always up to me. By turning any and every limited human thought into the expectation of peace and harmony is what I will do today. Revelation 21:5 reads “And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’ And He said, ‘Write, for these words are faithful and true.'” What a freeing thought!
As I greet the day with thanksgiving, briefly I think about memorable times in my life and I find it is not necessarily the large raises I may have received nor the awards or large material gifts. What comes to mind instead, is a beautiful sunrise over the mountains, something good happening to a loved one or standing in as a grandparent at school for a child that didn’t have one here. The feelings I had with human accomplishments or gifts were fleeting but the genuine ones I can call up in my memory bank and recall the actual feeling.
When I remove self as in self-righteousness, self-absorption, self-pity, self-condemnation I can get in touch with my real self; the one God knows and sees. This is when I can relate to verses like Jeremiah 31:3 which 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.'”
This morning my prayer include all the people who have been working tirelessly throughout this disaster as they may experience “burnout”. By turning to God and letting His Love envelop their outreach to others, their energy will be renewed. Matthew 11:28-29 states “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Exodus 33:14 reads “The Lord replied, ‘My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. I will remember these verses as I pray today.
There are times when we are so self-absorbed, we are blinded to all the Good surrounding us. By ruminating about past hurts, either real or imagined or aches and pains in the body, and over-analyzing everything, Life can easily pass us by. To get back on the right path, I turn to Luke 12: 29-32 which states, “And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. Your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
Praying with this verse causes me to release it all to God and know that my every need is met by Divine Love.
Recently we went to the beach and would rise early so we could watch the sunrise. We would be told what time the sun would come up and we would be on the beach thirty minutes earlier. It was a majestic sight and we knew without a doubt it would come up and there it would be. There is no power on earth that can keep the sun from rising. How on earth can we ever doubt God’s power? We should be that expectant for Good when we pray for direction and know He will answer us.
Lamentations 3:22-23 reads, “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”