“And God said to Noah. . .
‘Make yourself an ark of gopherwood. . .’” (Gen 6: 13-14)
I live in complete security; I am safely aboard The Ark! Outside influences can no longer harm me. I am the immortal son of our God. Although my body is an imperfect physical form, the soul within me, the one belonging to God, is eternal and perfect. I am surrounded by the comfort of God’s Truth and His Principle of a perfect existence. I am filled with His Spirit.
I know that this is quite a statement for others to accept. But let me share the world I see. First, let me say that my body does not represent the goodness and love that God gives. My body is completely human and therefore imperfect, riddled with the problems that 80-year-olds have. But being in this body does not mean that I am not also in God’s eternal light. I know this because of the gifts I receive on a daily basis.
I gaze from my window, watching the birds flit from feeder to feeder. I imagine them in a sunlit meadow of wildflowers, having their fill of God’s goodness. With them are the deer of the forests lapping up water from the small stream running through my meadow. The scene is beautiful. From the morning glow and the dew covered flowers to the evening shadow with gnats and ladybugs covering the flowers long-abandoned by the birds and the honeybees.
I am truly alive in this heavenly place knowing that I am not separated from God by the window in the shelter of my home nor from the broken body I inhabit. I enjoy seeing the Sun set in the late afternoon and the Moon glowing at night. I look to the night sky and see the multitude of stars, other suns surrounded by planets maybe just like Earth. I know not what is out there, but I do know that this is God’s universe, one that I cannot grasp the fullness of, which is why I am grasped by its fullness, God’s loving hand.
Brothers and sisters, we are not separated by earthy matters. We are united by God’s Love. This we must accept. This. . . is my unshakeable life of faith.
©Russell Kendall Carter
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