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Recognizing The Hand Of God


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The nuances of life abound in our everyday physical world.  Nuances in thought, context, demeanor, intent, knowledge, emotion, experience, and determination.  Indeed, how we think about something profoundly impacts what we think.

Our senses, all eight of them, equip us to interact, impact and experience our physical world.  The first five, everyone has been taught to recognize (see, hear, smell, taste, and touch).  The next three, I believe complement and extend each of our ability to interpret the world, above and beyond the physical context.

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There is a sense of Space and Time, which I equate to balance and equilibrium; something I collectively categorize as the “body“.  A sense of body is the accumulation of our five core senses, empowering each of us to holistically feel the physical world along with our place in it.

Next, there is the phenomenon known as ESP (Extra Sensory Perception), similarly viewed as Intuition, a sense or feeling of future events, truths and/or knowledge.  This inexplicable sense is possessed and felt by some more than others, and I refer to it as the “mind“.  Most who have experienced it will unequivocally swear it is as real as the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the sun that warms us.

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And the culmination of these senses that takes us to that “next level”, is faith.  It is our “soul” and it literally lives forever and uniquely identifies each of us as does our physical fingerprint, personality, and spirit.  The soul is that part of us that separates from our physical bodies when we die.

Some people may react to the concept of soul and spirit with confusion, amazement and/or denial.  I choose to believe in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, so it is a very short “leap of faith” for me to acknowledge the reality and presence of my soul.

Following is a snippet from my book (in progress) that speaks to this construct:

“Accordingly, this is a story about the power of faith, salvation and literal eternal life.  A life, however, not confined to our physical senses, but rather, life thought of in terms of consciousness, energy, relationships and contentment; more like metaphysical life.  Viewed in this construct, life obliterates the earthly limitations that envelop, partner, bound and seemingly dominate our existence and thoughts.

Eternal life is an existence and state of mind that is manifested or channeled through self-awareness, courage, vision, trust and what I refer to as Incomprehensible Truth.

In a world where we have been effectively taught to let our mind and imagination ‘go wild’ in exercises that have created science fiction, entertainment and new product development, we have been equally conditioned to limit or exclude that imagination when applied to God, mortality and eternal life.

In much the same way that everyone acknowledges Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and characters including Superman and Batman, there are bridled expectations when the subjects of religion, Jesus Christ and the afterlife are broached.

One explanation that warrants further analysis of credibility, addresses the inability, or more aptly, the unwillingness of human thought to acknowledge or attempt to consider the likelihood of eternal life, the existence of a conjoined physical life and soul or spirit, and the reality of conscious continuity after physical death.”

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As evidenced above, contemplation about our presence, our being, our longevity in life; indeed, eternal life can require a lot of energy, imagination and an ability to connect the dots to construct the complete picture.

And this discussion brings us to the “Hand of God”.   The presence of our Creator can be felt, seen, heard, touched and experienced in the multitude of natural, living and sculpted features He created in our physical environment, including the inhabitants.

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God’s fingerprints are unmistakably evident on nearly everything in the world; you see, He created it all.  The breathtaking beauty of a newborn child, the glow from a golden sunset, the majesty of a flying eagle, the delicate whisper of the wind as it caresses pine trees, the sweet melody of a flute, the magnificence of the Rocky Mountains, the splendor of Niagara Falls.  The presence of God can be witnessed in all that is good, and all that can be good.

The truth of the matter is that all of creation is merely a reminder of the vast beauty, power, and grace of God, as a symbol of His Love for us and His desire for us to be happy, to love one another, and most importantly, to Love God and to spread His Love throughout humanity.

So, the next time, you encounter someone or something that abounds with beauty, radiance, and goodness, remember all of it originates with God.  Give Thanks, demonstrate Gratitude and practice Humility as you walk the path of your journey.  God Bless you.  Be well.  Look for the Good – Always.

Brooks and Dunn (Believe)
Old man Wrigley lived in that white house
Down the street where I grew up
Momma used to send me over with things
We struck a friendship up
I spent a few long summers out on his old porch swing
Says he was in the war when in the navy
Lost his wife, lost his baby
Broke down and asked him one time
How ya keep from going crazy
He said I’ll see my wife and son in just a little while
I asked him what he meant
He looked at me and smiled, said
I raise my hands, bow my head
I’m finding more and more truth in the words written in red
They tell me that there’s more to life than just what I can see
Oh I believe

George Strait (I Saw God Today)
I just walked down the street to the coffee shop
had to take a break
I’d been by her side for eighteen hours straight
I saw a flower growing in the middle of the sidewalk
pushing up through the concrete
like it was planted right there for me to see
the flashin’ lights, the honkin’ horns
all seemed to fade away
in the shadow of that hospital at 5:08
I saw God today
Chorus:
I’ve been to church
I’ve read the book
I know He’s here, but I don’t look
near as often as I should
Yeah, I know I should
His fingerprints are everywhere
I’d just slow down to stop and stare
opened my eyes and man I swear
I saw God today
I saw a couple walking by they were holding hands
Man, she had that glow
yeah I couldn’t help but notice she was starting to show
I stood there for a minute takin’ in the sky
lost in that sunset
a splash of amber melted in the shades of red
Chorus
I got my face pressed up against the nursery glass
She’s sleeping like a rock
My name on her wrist wearing tiny pink socks
She’s got my nose, she’s got her mama’s eyes
My brand new baby girl
She’s a miracle
I saw God today

 

The Dormant Christian – Play The Tune!


Although each of us is born of DNA, snippets of our parent’s tendencies and that red liquid coursing through our veins, we also create our environment with our thoughts, ideas and reactions that collectively comprise our experiences, personality and the essence of our individuality and being.  Hidden in the depths of our sub-conscious, lie our fears, joys, loves and regrets, along with the complete set of our core values and beliefs.

Many of these “tucked away” emotions and navigational guideposts steer us on a day to day basis, yet we remain somewhat unaware of their subconscious influence upon our lives.  And so it is with food, dress, relationships; and faith.  And although the strongest of these morally magnetic influences is faith, as humans, we overwhelmingly have the

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most difficult time expressing, even sharing our museum of faith that is ordered and stored in our minds much like books in a library.

Yes, the magic of life itself remains hidden within our minds, along with everything that defines who we are, what we believe and why we behave, think and make decisions the way we do.  Many times it is safety and security that convinces us to refrain from sharing our selves with others, while at other times it can be ego, pride and self-expression that pushes us to let others know equally defining aspects of ourselves.

“As music is encrypted upon a CD or stored on the hard drive within our computer, it is conspicuously silent and unknown unless played and shared with others.  In essence, it does not exist unless it is shared.  And in a parallel fashion, our faith, beliefs and Christianity remain largely unknown and non-existent, unless we make a concerted and deliberate effort to communicate and share them with others; through our words, through our Actions, and as witnessed by our lives”.

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Maestro Giancarlo Guerrero conducts the Nashville Symphony during a performance at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

It is human nature to judge others by their looks, words, body language and behaviors, along with how they interact and relate to others.  This tendency to judge is a largely, mutually occurring phenomenon, i.e., it is happening all the time and all around, and to us.  It is as breathing; an involuntary response to ensure our survival.

And so it seems, in this day and age of global strife, we are being coerced into “survival mode” by external forces.  Accordingly, we are being awakened to a degree by that little voice inside us that is screaming to protect ourselves, to protect others and to raise the veil of our faith, exposing it for the world to see, by our actions.

And make no mistake, “In the middle of difficulty, lies opportunity” (Albert Einstein).  Indeed, it is incumbent upon each of us to not only acknowledge our values, beliefs and faith, but moreover, to have the courage and character to defend them when under scrutiny or worse, attack.  Take the risk, remain focused and Play the Tune, people, albeit at times a bittersweet symphony, lest we wither away into non-existence.

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