I was quietly sitting in my office with God the other day and being so grateful to Her for all the help and guidance I am receiving during a house move, and I thought about being illumined by Love Divine.
All the moments we are with God, not those when we are asking for something or requesting clarity on an issue, but when we are just sitting basking in that omnipresent glory, is time spent in expectation of being illumined by Divine Love.
All our needs are already met. We only need to be alerted to where those are, aligned to what they are, and bingo! the light comes on and some idea, answer, or action we may not have thought of before, but already in Mind, becomes apparent. There is nothing new in God’s kingdom but illumination shows that miraculous happenings, unbelievable coincidences are really nothing of the sort. They are just evidence of Divine Love and all the abundance that love bestows everlastingly. The veil of our own misunderstanding is pulled back. We become adorned in that light, our true natural state of being.
“The divine Principle and idea constitute spiritual harmony, — heaven and eternity. In the universe of Truth, matter is unknown. No supposition of error enters there. Divine Science, the Word of God, saith to the darkness upon the face of error, “God is All-in-all,” and the light of ever-present Love illumines the universe. Hence the eternal wonder, — that infinite space is peopled with God’s ideas, reflecting Him in countless spiritual forms.” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 503:9)
During this last year, the whole world has had time to breathe and reflect. Some people have enjoyed the quiet, others have not. Many have had sadness in their lives, others unexpected joys. For others there is naturally a mixture of these but we know it has been a changing time for all mankind.
I really like these words by Mary Baker Eddy:
Each successive stage of experience unfolds new views of divine goodness and love. (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 66:14)
I have been heartened hearing how people have been experiencing the unfolding new views and there is a palpable sense that we needed this time for reflection. It was needed for us to see where we have been and where we would like to go now. In what way we would like to travel through our lives and express our qualities for the future.
What goodness and love can mankind now bring to the new view? I look forward to watching the unfolding of God’s universe, not the remaking of what has been made, but the unfolding and uncovering of what has been there all the time because now we know how to pause and really look, I have no doubt we will see incredible wonders.
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