Still we remain in one place. A whole place of peace and harmony, a place of wonder and joy, a place where things remain constant but ideas expand, a place where life is Life. This place, in God, gives us a sense of safety and the knowledge that when everything else seems to keep on its own course, it is not our course.
We are moving toward a new season. Today is the meteorological first day of Autumn. The northern hemisphere – Autumn, southern – Spring. There is a wonderful sense of change in how we see God’s creation, and a loving gentleness in that movement. Every day there is something more of this eternal kingdom, Garden of Eden, to learn more about, see or experience. Each dawning day is ‘big with blessings’.
The world has gone from fear and isolation, to moving forward with fresh ways of engaging, rising thought, innovation and taking up the challenge of how we can step gently on this world, lovingly encompass our fellow man, and bring out the true nature of God’s man by expressing Her qualities of Love, Truth, Life, joy, freedom, creativity.
I sat on the side of the stream near where I live, here on Dartmoor, after a good hike. The sound of the water running by was so refreshing. The same stones, but different water. I put on my costume and played and lay in a shallow part of the stream. The water has to travel from on top of the moors through peat so the water has a bronze haze to it. It washed away all the strains I didn’t know I was carrying, and left me feeling new, cleansed and entirely free. The effect was quite extraordinary. God’s provision of such beauty exists everywhere at any time. He provides the blessings. We can benefit from all that is on offer. It is there. For us. Now.
Recently I was walking along a nearby beach, when I came across this rock formation. It was stunning and the most unusual colours and shape. On closer inspection, it wasn’t a rock formation, but stones encased in strips of iron used as a wave breaker on the beach. At least that is what I have been able to work out. I grew up on Jersey, the 4 by 12 miles Channel Isle, and on those beaches there were many left-over sea defences from the second World War, so I was used to finding lumps of odd shaped concrete, stones or rocks. This beach was not a channel beach so had no need of defences and this particular coloured stone was unusual. I have not been able to work out exactly what shape it was when it started out but it certainly has maintained its strength and broken the effect of those waves on the shoreline. I considered it a piece of found art. Just a bit too heavy for me to bring home!
It peacefully reminded me that there are many things that seem to be one thing and turn out to be another. In Christian Science healing we often start off seeing one way and end up with a new view. The toothache that vanished, the sore muscles that resumed their action comfortably, the annoying person who somehow wasn’t so bad after all with a change of thought. It isn’t about perfecting life, and being, and the self, so much as bringing to light what is already there in a beautiful way. The ‘good’ that God is. The good already created.
Christ always brought the light of Truth to every situation and every soul. And in so doing it shone brighter than the mistaken opposite. That light still does that, every time we allow what isn’t harmonious to vanish and reveal what IS.
After all, God did say that what he made was good. Very good.
“And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. …”
(Genesis 1:31 (to 1st .)
I have a rose bush which is currently in bud. Preparing to flower. It is very windy where I live and I often wonder if my plants have to work that bit harder to exist here. The picture is from last year. I know I will be able to have another display of them when they do flower, because that’s what happens. And I look forward to it. I also look forward to my sweet peas getting their groove on.
I am no gardener, I really don’t have the patience. But I do have so much patience when it comes to waiting on God. It surprises even me. And I think it’s because of the reward of that waiting. Plants usually come up with the goods, but they can be prone to weevils and weather. God always brings peace and adds something to the moment. If I sit in a fury, He calms. If I ask for guidance, He supplies it. If I just don’t know which way to turn, a way opens up. If I can’t express my gratitude enough, I feel superabundantly full.
There’s no delay with God. The only delay is in my understanding. But whenever that feeling of impatience creeps in, I remember these words from Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (p 254:10-12):
‘When we wait patiently on God and seek Truth righteously, He directs our path.’
Spring is coming on this side of the world. Autumn is coming on the other side. Some things remain the same. Things of substance. Things that are meaningful. Underneath everything is we can find stability. Truths are always the same. 1+1=2 remains true.
We know we are loved because God constantly tells us so. We know we are blessed because we are told it many times. Psalms is full of ‘blessing’ verses. Here is one of my favourites from Psalm 29, verse 11:
’The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.’
That is certainty and substance and a worthy place to plant our trust. We have peace just the same as we have spring, autumn, winter and summer every year.
We are standing for truth, and nothing else, no matter what form it takes. We are here to make that statement and be firmly on the side of what we know to be real, here and now. We are all created and maintained by God, and as such there is no place for anything but the expression of all that She is. No fighting what isn’t. Just remembering and knowing what is. We are told so, we know so. Nothing has changed.
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free – John 8:32
Divine Love meets every human need – Mary Baker Eddy
I climbed up to Sourton Tor here on Dartmoor on a cold, but sunny afternoon recently and at the top was this trig point. I had never seen one before. I googled it while catching my breath. Trigpoints are the common name for “triangulation pillars”. These are concrete pillars, about 4′ tall, which were used by the Ordnance Survey in order to determine the exact shape of the country. … The OS provide an introduction to the National Grid on their website. They are all over the world, the Empire State Building is one! With the advent of GPS, they are no longer necessary, but enthusiasts love them.
Throughout history the way to find the way changed. It got better and better. I liken this to our spiritual understanding. It gets better and better. The ‘way’ is already laid out, determined and established. We just have to remember our spiritual compass point with every challenge we meet. I’m including the words of this hymn, below, which is a favourite, because it so beautifully uplifts thought and brings sense of being encompassed in the wonder of Divinity.
From sense to Soul my pathway lies before me, / From mist and shadow into Truth’s clear day; / The dawn of all things real is breaking o’er me, / My heart is singing: I have found the way. /
I reach Mind’s open door, and at its portal / I know that where I stand is holy ground; / I feel the calm and joy of things immortal, / The loveliness of Love is all around. /
The way leads upward and its goal draws nearer, / Thought soars enraptured, fetterless and free; / The vision infinite to me grows clearer, / I touch the fringes of eternity.
That cowboys whoop is always so inspiring and uplifting. A call to celebration and delight. I don’t know any cowboys, never even seen one but we are all bound to have heard that sound on some video, film or in a song. Our kids must have done it. I know I did when I was little, playing with my brothers.
This is how I feel at the beginning of every day, never mind a year. We do start out with excitement and joy. And promises to ourselves. We don’t need to. We are already promised everything that is good, and wonderful. All the time. It doesn’t matter what month, year or moment, we have God’s allness, power and love in our being, just waiting to express itself more We just have to say ‘Yes’.
Below is one of my favourite benedictions we often hear at the end of the Sunday service. It’s from Luke.
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
It’s God’s promise to us. It’s our cue to take it, celebrate it, and be who we often forget we are, revelling and yee-ha!-ing all over his Kingdom.
Last night at our weekly Testimony meeting (time for us all to share our healings, thoughts and sense of gratitude for all the blessings we receive) the Reader was reading from the Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, and these words struck me like lightning:
God, without the image and likeness of Himself, would be a nonentity, or Mind unexpressed. He would be without a witness or proof of His own nature. Spiritual man is the image or idea of God, an idea which cannot be lost nor separated from its divine Principle.
Sometimes one hears things as new, and even though I have read that before, the realisation at that moment that we are God expressed filled me with joy. To know how wholly pure, upright and free we are, as a matter of course, every day, every moment woke me up to Her power. To be expressing God shows the magnificence of His love bouncing back and through our lives, the gift of the creation of us. We are the effect of that one cause and nothing untoward can touch us.