Within the annals of history, rest countless examples of misperception, altered reality, confusion and wonderment. Some perhaps steeped in deception, others in amazement and a sense of incomprehensibility. Indeed, Genius, dare I say, Divinity, is the product of pragmatism clothed in unspeakable Beauty.
“And so it is with regard to many things spiritual. The simple life yields immeasurable fulfillment, wonder and gratitude. Darkness (Sin) gives way to Light, Mortality to Eternity and Minutia to the Grandiose. Our world is one of contrast, oxymorons, context and perspective.”
Jesus Christ died so we may live, not only in the flesh, but most importantly, in the Spirit. Amen! The Bible teaches us that Sacrifice leads to Fulfillment, Suffering to Glory, and Patience to Reward. And in many ways, along the journey of our life, we are endowed with glimpses of our Creator’s work. If we are wise, we must first recognize His Hand, but then, firmly sieze the moment to completely and fully appreciate those experiences as they occur.
As Christ’s Resurrection perfected His sacrificial life (body), the Sun emulates His power, glory, warmth, protection and Path. At most times too bright to extend direct sight, the sun (and the Son) offers us mortal souls the distinct privilege and opportunity to relish and cherish a Transfigured Vision of this Power; the Moon Shadow.
For as the Moon only reflects the Sun’s Light; the Son only reflects the Light of the Father. And accordingly, each of us likewise has the potential to reflect the Goodness and Greatness of God. Yet, as difficult as it can many times be, that potential is only realized as a by-product of a humble and contrite Heart Imbued with pure Intent, one that is emblazoned with Enthusiasm, Gratitude and Spirit, and lastly, guided by Wisdom, Prayer, Determination and sheer Will.
The Good News, is that it is entirely “worth the trip” and exclusively within our own will to accomplish. Do not be deterred, timid or hesitant to claim that which is yours and guaranteed by Christ Himself. Behold the Moon Shadow in all its Glory, for it represents the tranquil spirit within us that has the potential to unleash immeasurable power to calm the chaotic nature of life.
Light of the World, Shine on Me, Love is the Answer. God Bless You.
The world which surrounds us as a mother bear protecting her cubs, has cyclical and seemingly, eternal patterns of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; all revolving around life and death.
And so it is with each of us. As we grow, learn and experience our environment, including other people, we amass an intellectual, emotional and psychological inventory of memories that together, form our core values, help us set goals and create and manage our expectations of ourselves and the world in which we are immersed.
In testimony to this truth, many of us annually set New Year Resolutions that serve to guide and mold our behaviors throughout the coming year. More than resolutions, they in fact, more closely resemble expectations of the future; expectations of Our future.
As healthy as it is to set and strive to achieve these earthly and mortal expectations, it is likewise, foolhardy to ignore other forces that similarly impact and influence our life on the Rock.
My beliefs include the existence of God, Angels and the Divine nature of coincidence. To be sure, every “Corrective Action” we experience masquerades as a stumble in life. Every chance interaction we encounter with another person serves some fundamental purpose for learning, about ourselves.
Many times, we fail to understand or comprehend the meaning of the encounter until at some point later in our life; when we are finally able to “connect the dots”.
“In perfect alignment with the season of Passover, each of us must resurrect our expectations of ourselves, our behavior, and specifically, our future. Like the Earth, we must revisit our presence in this world, our purpose as spiritual children of God and commit to taking the appropriate actions that will enable and empower us to reach toward the stars in an attempt to align our behavior with our inner spirit, toward the realization of our potential as human beings.”
Most importantly, this focus and disciplined effort does not and will not go unrewarded. To the contrary, any time we search within ourselves for answers in life, we grow, learn, attain wisdom and spiritually mature. In essence, we travel to a dimensional point in our consciousness which is closer to what we are to become, than to what we presently are.
Being is much more difficult than one might perceive at first glance. It requires patience, intent, humility, sacrifice and pureness of heart. Critically, it requires love and forgiveness.
And it yields so much more than that. Always know that the Answers Lie Within yourself; if only we make the effort to seek them out, and equally recognize our role in this world along with the presence of the Supreme Being. Be well.