Well, here I go again. This week’s Bible lesson is about how God cares for us. I know sometimes it seems like he does not care about us at all, but that is just not true. He loves his creation, how could he not love something that spiritually reflects his very being. Unfortunately, sometimes we humanly get in the way of his care and protection by not trusting him.
Psalms 91:1, 2 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
This quote tells me clearly that half the responsibility is mine, and I have to keep my thought spiritualized, “in the secret place of the most High.” When I do that, I can trust that he will be there for me, to protect me and care for me. Still, at the beginning of my spiritual education, I had to test this in small ways before I gave my full trust to God.
Trust encompasses hope and expectation, which I blogged about back in April. I have, over the years, learned to trust and expect that God would always be there for me as long as I keep my thought “in the secret place of the most High.” There is no material law that can overpower His spiritual laws of goodness.
The more my thought is stuck here in the material world, the harder it is for me to elevate my consciousness to a spiritual level where I can experience the evidence of God’s creation, here on earth. Frequently it is because of fear, and fear is our own worst enemy. It was hard sometimes to let go of those things I can measure with my five physical senses, for something I cannot. I was learning that there is much more to life than what I can see, feel, hear, taste, and smell.
I looked “fear not” and “be not afraid” up in a Bible concordance, and those quotes were said by Jesus twenty-five times. That told me it is important to overcome fear. I can never see my true self as God’s image and likeness (reflection) as long as I let fear keep me planted here on earth.
Shakespeare wrote in Hamlet, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” It is believed by editors that Hamlet was speaking in general terms about the limitations of human thought. I agree.
Five times, in the four Gospels, Jesus warned his followers about doubt, another obstacle I faced when trying to spiritualize my thought. Fear and doubt just faded away, the more I learned through experience, to trust that God would protect and care for me.
Many years ago, when my daughter was young, I was in my car on my way to pick her and some friends up at the roller rink. I was sitting at a red light at a busy intersection, and I looked in the rear view mirror and saw a car racing towards me with no indication it was going to stop. I planted my foot on the brake as hard as I could, the car hit so hard that I was slammed back against the seat, my foot came off the break, and my car flew into the intersection. At that very moment, not a car was coming, I had time to put my car in reverse and back up before the traffic resumed.
I have no doubt that God was there, and I remembered in that week’s Bible lesson it talked about what blesses one blesses all. That had the potential of being an unfortunate accident, but I was blessed, and so were all the others in that intersection. Not one person got a scratch. God protected us all.
Well, my car was totaled. I did not think so as it did not look bad. The other vehicle struck mine square in the rear, not off to either side but dead center, the tail lights were not even broken. The bumper was bent in but did not look too bad.
The next day on my way to the insurance company, I stopped to get it washed, and water came in around all the doors. Oops! That was not a good sign. The adjuster opened the trunk, and under the carpeting, the metal appeared wrinkled. I am sure there is a better word, but that was what came to my mind. I guess having my foot on the break, if only for a few seconds when I was hit, squished my car. Oh, goody, I am going to get a new car. 🙂 All is well that ends well. I was happy, the new/used car was better than the wrinkled one.
I was finding that it is important to keep my thought up all
the time, as in an emergency there is no time to pray, that is why I try to
study the Bible lesson daily to keep it fresh in my thought. When I neglect my
spiritual studies, that is when that ole serpent slivers his way into my life
and tries to wear me down, make me forget my duty to God. I recognize his
coming now and can fight back and win.
When I look back over my life, I am amazed at how far I have come. I am so grateful for the lessons I have learned, and God’s guidance and protection. I am a completely different person than I was thirty years ago. I think writing my book and doing this blog has made a significant change in me too. Blogging makes me dig deeper and listen more to God. This last year has been incredible.
In conclusion, I need to say this has been a blessing for me, and as I mentioned above, what blesses one blesses all.
Thank you for reading my blogs.