The header is a Hubble picture of the Milky Way Bulge. The pure beauty of God’s Universe.
This weeks lesson talked a lot about evolution, but not the kind of evolution people mostly think about, from a small fish like creature 525 million years ago, to man, but spiritual evolution, from God to man.
I love the word evolution, one of the definitions is; the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form. Other synonyms are growth and progress. This is what I am going to write about today. I have been evolving in my understanding of God and my relationship with him.
I love knowing that I am inseparable from God; in a past blog I told about an analogy of the Sun and its rays, to God and man. A Sun is not a Sun without rays of light, and without the Sun, there are no rays of light. They are interdependent the same as God and his creation. We have an inseparable relationship with our Creator.
My thought has evolved over the years from believing that this material world was all there is, to the understanding that the spiritual creation underlies everything, but God requires us to open the door and let him in. Once I opened the door and let him into my life, listened to, trusted, and followed that “still small voice” my life changed for the better. All those past effects of child abuse just vanished, and I started living the life that God intended for all his creation.
Do not get me wrong, I am not humanly perfect, but I am a lot better off than I was thirty years ago. Keeping on the straight and narrow path is a worthy effort. One of the things I learned early on was that belief was not good enough; I need to understand that God is the bases and evolution of our existence. That understanding does not come overnight. It took a lot of study, but when it happened, I knew. Like that, light bulb that flashes, when you finally get it, that WOW moment.
The WOW moment was only the beginning. Now I had to put it into action and prove it in my life. Raised to believe that I was unintelligent, I almost failed out of school. My father always told me I did not have a brain in my head. Once when he was berating me about something I said, “but I thought…” he stopped me and said, “don’t think, I’ll tell you what to think.” Well if you cannot believe your parents who can you believe, I was stupid and everything I did proved it.
If I was going to get anywhere in life, that was an obstacle I had to get over. At one point in my life, I managed to get a job that required of me many things I had never done before, but I did not let my employer know. I was learning that God was the source of my intelligence, not my father or my brain, but God. He was also the source of my courage, so I enrolled in a couple classes at the local college, to learn the skills I needed for my new job.
I held steadfastly to the fact that God was the source of my intelligence and would not let any doubt enter my thought. I was pleasantly surprised and pleased that everything seemed to come easily for me and I got an A in all the classes I took. I was not stupid after all, thank you, God! I ended up surpassing my employer’s expectations. After thirty years, I am still working as a consultant for that company.
I was learning that, as it is written in John 6:63 (to:) “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:” Mary Baker Eddy writes in Science and Health, with Key to the Scriptures, page 313:23-26, “Jesus of Nazareth was the most scientific man that ever trod the globe. He plunged beneath the material surface of things, and found the spiritual cause.”
I was learning to look at things differently, as written in II Corinthians 4:18 we “we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” I discovered that looking at things from God’s perspective; I started to see the world as he created it. “And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” Genesis 1:31
Now I know this world is not perfect, but I can only improve my little piece of the world and hope that it creates a ripple effect and spreads. That is the best I can do.
If you are reading this, I know you believe in God. If you are struggling with something in your life right now, try this. Hold your thought steadfast to the truth of God’s creation, allow no doubt to enter your thought, move forward, and see the salvation of the Lord.
Spiritual evolution requires your interaction with your Creator. Do not just believe, have faith and from there gain understanding. You have to let him into your life, listen for his voice, and follow his directions. It will change your life. I did, and it changed mine.
Have a beautiful day; see it as God created it.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1,3