In my daily meditations, I often picture what heaven and earth truly are, asking what differences there are and how we can join them together.
My absolute trust in God allows me to notice the seeming differences between the two. They are minor; the differences are magnified by the stubbornness of humanity in thinking that we are in control. God is all around us, always. Therefore, what we experience, named physical or mental illness, cannot be real. It is our self-made stress trying to add truth to these falsehoods. When we accept God surrounding us, we hear the message of Jesus, His invitation to love and then to act on this love; this is the solid rock of God within us. We can then enjoy living the life and exercising the strength and deeds of the apostles sent forth by Jesus to the world.
As we bring heaven and earth together, we must recognize that God is not always recognized in human and worldly affairs. The pain of the world is not caused by God, but by our obstinance in rejecting His Word. God will lead us from this pain, but we have to be prepared for this difficult journey. Remember the story of Jacob wrestling all night with God’s angel, he succeeds but is touched in his hip and walked with a limp for the rest of his life. Turning from our self-made devastation can be painful to us mere mortals, but we have to recognize when God steps in to give us help.
When we let go of our mortal wrongdoings, we deny the parts of ourselves that are truly false. We need to forgive ourselves for our misdeeds; this means letting go of those practices that offend God. We cannot pretend to follow God’s Word. It is all or nothing. When we accept all, the Peace of God is with us; His Love is unconditional and forever and comes to us without any strings attached to it, save love our neighbor as ourselves.
In my daily meditations, I am confident that humanity can bring heaven and earth closer together by living the Word of God.
©Russell Kendall Carter