I love mysteries, but I don’t like blood and gore and bad language, so I’m picky about what I watch and read. I like the cozy mysteries on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries station. They give me the same opportunity as the not-so-cozy ones to see if I can figure out who dun it before the end.
There is one series I especially like though it’s not a who dun it one, but more about find me if you can. Its call Signed, Sealed, and Delivered. It is a series about love and compassion. It’s about four people that work in the dead letter division of the post office. They are each very different and loving characters. Their whole purpose in life is to find the person the letter or package is intended for and deliver it; this too is a type of mystery. Finding the clues to the location of the intended, and uncovering their stories drives them on.
To me, these things mimic real life. We all need a purpose, and finding the cause of a problem and destroying it drives me on. I learned that I needed to start with God to uncover the reason for the discord before solving the mystery. I learned that mysterious evil leads me down the wrong path and tries to destroy my life. I needed to untangle the mysteries. Learning how to solve my problems helps me to help others.
I just found out that to believe means to ‘hold firm.’ So, I needed to consider if I was believing or holding in thought something that is not in my best interest or in alignment with God? Or is there something out there in world thought that I need to reject as untrue? I had to make sure I was holding firm to the spiritual truth about God’s creation. By doing that, the mysteries of life vanished. Life is predictable when I start with God and ‘hold firm’ to His truth. God is good, and His creation is Good.
Before I could do this, I needed a better understanding of God’s creation and what belief has to do with uncovering the mysteries of life. I could believe anything, but I couldn’t have faith in or ‘hold firm’ to its effectiveness unless I understood what I believed. So understanding is the key. The key to what you might ask? It is the key to the kingdom of Heaven/God. It opens the door to a better life. When I understand the allness of God, His kingdom is made manifest in my life. Jesus is the master, the teacher, and showed us the way, and said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.” (John 14:12)
I reason through God’s creation this way. If God is infinite, He is the universe; He is without limits, without a beginning or an end. He just IS. Based on that reasoning, I can never be separated from Him, ever. All that goes on is God and His thoughts, His ideas. Anything else that seems to be happening is my thought and is an illusion and changeable. If I change my thinking based on the ‘still small voice,’ directions from God, then my experience changes for the better. If I change my thoughts based on this matter-based world, then I am still living in the illusion. To break the illusion, I need to live by the laws of God. I can’t measure the world by the five physical senses if I am a spiritual idea.
Since God is ever-present and all that is going on, then there is no place for any other power. He is the only power. Any other perceived power is an illusion; some lie about His creation that I think is true. If I correct the lie and ‘hold firm’ to the truth about God’s creation, the illusion is broken. Then the experience changes, and I see God’s creation made manifest here and now.
All sorts of things are bombarding us from every direction daily. How can we be expected to remember everything? I was learning something about memory. God’s messages come in different ways. Sometimes it’s a thought, a feeling, something I see, or a sound like music. I had to trust that God knows all there is to know, and I will receive the message in a way that I will understand it best. As His reflection, He can’t keep anything from me. If I ‘hold firm’ to this truth, it destroys the lie that I needed to remember everything, what He knows I can know when I need to, and the illusion is broken.
In the Lord’s prayer that Jesus gave us, it states: “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” Lead and deliver are action words. And in Acts 17:28, it states, “For in him we live, and move, and have our being;” these statements make it clear that I reflect the continuous good action of God. As His reflection, I always move in accord with Him. He will always lead me with integrity and protect me from evil, and I can’t take a misstep, fall, or anything like that. Those are the lies, and ‘holding firm’ to His truth breaks the illusion that I am subject to material mishaps.
Sometimes just knowing the truth breaks the illusion, but there are times when the subtle lies need to be detected for that to happen. Then I dig in and examine my thinking to find the ungodly thoughts and correct them. Sometimes digging in means, I need to let go of my human endeavors to solve the problem and trust God. He will reveal to me what I need to know.
Some beliefs of a material or human cause that claims God has no power can prevent healing. So, I needed to look for some hidden unkind thought I was holding about someone I needed to forgive, or I needed to forgive myself about some issue. It could be any mistaken belief that needed correcting. These things can sometimes go undetected for years, and then one day, something comes up like illness or just a feeling that is hounding me day after day, and I don’t know why; I just know something isn’t right. When I uncover these hidden claims and ‘hold firm’ to what is true about God’s creation, the illusion is broken, and change occurs.
I am learning so much about the allness of God. He is all present, all power, all-knowing, all action. Boy, that’s a lot of allness. And He is all good.
Jesus said, “I can of mine own self do nothing:” John 5:30. And as stated in James 4:7, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”
Someone recently brought to my attention that it is God’s will that we are healed. I don’t need to ask for healing, or if He is willing that I be healed, it’s built-in. Jesus stated in the Lord’s Prayer, “…Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:9 Our,10) It is His will that we are cared for and healed here on earth. We don’t have to ask; it’s a given. Although I learned there is one requirement, I needed to understand that it is His will, clear my mind of all doubts and ungodly thoughts and replace those thoughts with the truth about God. That is what opens the door for God’s will to work in my life. He is always present, just waiting for me to open the door and turn over to Him whatever needs to be healed.
“With God all things are possible.” If I believe that and know that, and I do, then no other supposed power or evil suggestion will ever tempt me. The Bible is a great self-help book; it’s the History of mankind’s struggle between good and evil. There is only one power in the universe, its creator, God. Any other seeming power is just a suggestion we can reject.
Life is a mystery; we’re always trying to figure out what happened and how it happened. I have learned to stay with the present. Our past is over, let it go, and if we protect our present, then our future will take care of itself. The only important thing is NOW. Am I the best I can be right NOW? If my answer to that is Yes, then life is great, and I have no regrets.
My life is taking another turn. For 17 years, I have lived in the same place, and I love where I live. When my mother passed on seven years ago, I thought the villa was more than I needed. It’s got three bedrooms and three bathrooms and lots of space. But, I had a neighbor I enjoyed, and it was nice she was so close, so moving wasn’t even a consideration at that time.
My neighbor just recently moved into an independent living place. It is beautiful, and she is happy there. She lived in a villa like mine with a slightly different floor plan and was tired of taking care of it. I am so happy she has found a nice place and She is not too far so I can still visit her regularly.
Her move opened my thought about moving to a smaller place. This will be move 49, I thought move 48 would be my last move, but I guess there may be one more before the crematorium that is, and that will be move 50. A nice round number to end my journey on here. 😉
I will talk more about my move in my podcast called Moving with God, coming up in a few weeks. 😊
Have a great day, Michele