Living in God’s Lighted Path

Living in God’s Lighted Path

Etty Hillesum, a tragic victim of Nazi Germany in the Westerbork transit camp wrote the following: “There is a really deep well inside of me. And in it dwells God. Sometimes, I am there, too . . . And that is all we can manage these days and also all that really matters: that we safeguard the little piece of you, God, in ourselves.”  

If anything, this reminds me, or better yet, teaches me, that God alone rests my soul as I live through this pandemic and political upheaval we are experiencing. I am like a small puff of wind in eternity. This reminds me that I live in God’s grace and my entire life is filled with the breath of God. I am not delusional enough to think that I am an important person to others. But I do know that I am an important person to God. After all, He created me in my mother’s womb. I could not be created without the love of my mother, my father, and God. I live at His pleasure, and I will no longer be on this earth when He calls me; but I will continue to live and to love. This is the message of Jesus and the will of God.

According to John the Elder as he writes in Revelation: Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more…And he who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” I believe that in my faith, I am a part of this new heaven and earth. My faith in God is strong. My belief in God is so strong because I follow the teachings of Jesus. I live in service of others, allowing them to also share in God’s love and grace.

The Kingdom of God

The Kingdom of God

Jesus invites us to enter the Kingdom of Heaven as a child. Does He mean innocence or the wonder and awe that children have of the beautiful? Jesus also invites us to realize and recognize that the Kingdom of God is within us. This creates and enigma for the intelligent mind. If we are to have the innocence and wonder of a child, are we able to recognize God’s Kingdom dwelling within us?

I do not know the answers, but I do meditate on thoughts such as these. My meditations are meant to discover who I really am in God’s domain. I try to understand what God means to me and what I mean to God.

I am honored to have one of the highest academic degrees that colleges have to offer, but I am in awe of God’s Kingdom every moment of every day. Through my meditations, I have welcomed the invitation to recognize that the Kingdom of God is part of me, but I am also part of the Kingdom of God. We cannot be separated . . . ever.

If I am so blessed to understand this, I also am blessed to understand that all of God’s creatures, all of humanity, all of the animal, aquatic, and insect kingdoms, and all of the matter that comprises our planet Earth also enjoys that His Kingdom is within, and also a part of His Kingdom. This extends out to all of the universe and whatever life forms are hiding within distant galaxies.

We are all part of God’s creation, and all of God’s creation dwells within us. I think that this is what Jesus says to us daily, as we read our Bibles and meditate on His words. “And God saw everything He had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.” Genesis 1:31

Today . . .

it is like none other

never to be repeated

it is unique

never to come again

what to do today

work dawn to dusk

complain about nothing

a wasted day forever

stop and smell the roses

see the birds flitting

branch to branch

a honeybee on the flower

see the butt floating

down the gutter water

the torn canape

blowing in the breeze

can you its beauty

or does it pass you by

make today special

it will never come again

Truth

Truth

Throughout our lifetimes, we search for truth; but it is always elusive to our studies. As a man of letters, I sometimes think that I have discovered what life is about, but then something untoward happens and my thinking crumbles, and with it my ego becomes the remnant of Humpty-Dumpty. Ego, a manly thinking of superiority that makes God laugh.

I then remember that to gain true knowledge, one must practice humility – first; intellect has little to do with truth. The real truth is God’s Truth with a capital T. This truth is infallible and is only realized when one humbles oneself before God. Man’s ego prevents this, yet we pray to Jesus Christ, who was the epitome of humility, God’s humility, giving us an example to follow.

The immensely powerful Joseph fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept at the coming reunion of his family. And Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. The unnamed woman humbled herself before Jesus, before God, when saying that even the dogs eat of the crumbles fallen from the table. The humility of God is all around, but only when we take the time to see it.

We cannot meditate on God, for He is too immense for our imaginations to comprehend. We must humble ourselves before God, dropping intellect, and allow our soul to open to God’s love, for only our soul can speak to God, because our soul are of God. Only our soul can comprehend His magnitude, because it is our soul that holds the existence of God within us, as Jesus reminds us.

These are the lessons we must learn to discover what truth is – truly.

Irrevocable

Irrevocable

“It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Matthew 15:11

In this time of political and social upheaval, many fear to leave their homes, due to the coronavirus that has spread across the world. We suffer from loneliness, despair, and a barrage of bad news, regardless of which political side we follow. We must accept that we are weak, we suffer in poverty, our limitations are challenged daily, and we have no idea how to turn things around.

What we forget is that in this time of moral and spiritual decline, God is always present to boost us and comfort us. The gift from God shine upon us whenever and wherever we are; He asks us to come  closer to Him; He gifts us with Love and courage to live through any trials that might face us. We don’t need to be a knight riding a steed against a forbidding foe; no, we must step back into our faith, keeping God at the center of our beings.

Visioning the Image of God

The question arises whether people’s stories of visions of Jesus and visions of God are real, or simply an overexcited imagination. Imaginations are vital for the survival of humanity, so we cannot discount this human feature, without which we would have no art or literature.

But visions of God are entirely different. Our true images of God are recognized only by our inner vision. We are made in His image, meaning that when we look in a mirror image, we are seeing a mirror image of the mirror image of God. when we do have visions of God, we remember these moments as bringing us joy, comfort, and supreme ease in our deepest beings. Our limited human brains cannot comprehend the full magnitude of God, His image, or the mystery of His presence in all our lives. God is too vast, to unlimited for us to comprehend.

Our visions of God make us certain of His eternal presence in our lives. His presence mean that when we take the time to listen, we hear His voice in our hearts and souls; it is usually a mere whisper, but it is a powerful whisper that cannot be ignored. We hear His voice with our souls and when we vision God, understand the vastness of His entirety in our lives.

Personally, my great Love for God and His presence within me has allowed me to be comfortable in my existence on planet Earth. Following the lighted path, shown to us by Jesus, has allowed me to survive innumerable examples of human frailty. For years, I have suffered physical issues that have not only changed my life, but in ways has made my life much more improved and much more open to the suffering of others.

I have had a God vision three times in my life; all of those have followed traumatic physical issues in my life. I refer to these visions as angels surrounding me, bringing me to life, and comforting me in my most terrifying times. The latest involved a burst blood vessel, a great loss of blood, and a return to life after this unexpected trauma. My recovery and subsequent hospital stay was eased by the presence of ethereal figures staying visible to me, surrounding me, comforting me, and assuring me that I can return to life without loss.

Three times, I awoke with the feeling of an angel, sitting on the edge of my bed, holding my hand, comforting me in my trepidation. Three times, I have envisioned the vastness of God’s love in my life. The certainty of God’s presence in my life, reveals the vastness of God’s eternal love in its entirety. This is the greatest gift I have received in my lifetime.

Rejoicing

Rejoicing

“And I looked, and behold, a white horse!

And its rider had a bow, and a crown was

given to him, and he came out conquering,

and to conquer.” Revelation 6:2

A rider on a white horse

upraises me –

saving me from corruption.

I follow His commandments –

am blessed by the True Word

of Love and Life.

I hear loud voices singing –

there is a great multitude

before me.

They dress me in fine clothing,

Giving me a book –

of the spirit of the prophets.

I join the voices of

great multitudes –

singing hallelujah –

we are all lifted

in the salvation

of God’s Love

My Prayer

“But when you pray, go into the room and shut the door and pray

to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in

secret will reward you.” Matthew 6:6

 

I enter my quiet room,

prostrating myself before God,

searching for a way to pray.

Paul reminds me that the Holy Spirit

helps me in my human weakness

for I lack the words,

when trying to speak to God.

I forget that God is not looking for words;

the Holy Spirit enters my heart,

the heart which holds my soul in love.

It is this love that God hears;

it is this soul that God holds dear.

When I enter my quiet room,

prostrating myself God,

I need no words; God hears my heart.

Patience

God loves us, because

He created us in His image.

He will not keep

His bounty from us.

He sacrificed His own Holy Son,

showing His love for us.

If God is willing to do this,

why think that He will not bless us

with His Grace? When God blesses us,

our praise for Him swells in our chests

with the beauty of a spring morning

with the birds of the air and

the animals on the ground

drinking from the flowing river of fresh water.

Even when we are small when we are born;

when following in God’s light,

we grow in stature and in grandeur

with the kingdom of heaven within us.

As Matthew says, we are the yeast of

God’s creation, growing into a

fruitful tree of life: His life.

Each of us is a disciple of God,

offering the wonders of

God’s creation to all creatures.

Mustard Seeds

I am but a mustard seed growing in strength

with the presence of the Holy Spirit.

When I open my mouth, I pray,

pray that God give me the words

to honor him and bring his Grace to others.

God, you have made me in the presence of people

who long for redemption, forgiveness, and comfort.

I live my life according to Your word.

Nothing can separate us from your word

I am the smallest seed, but I grow in God’s Love

to a productive shrub.

Be gracious to me; be gracious to us, Dear God

We love you and work to bring good to all

The Holy spirit strengthens us

Neither life nor death will keep us from

Bringing your grace to others.