I woke up and actually got 7 hours of sleep. Bravo! Instead of 10 hours lately. I decided to go for a run, since I’ve been eating vegan cookies, sandwiches, and hot tea, hot coco, hot coffee. The air was amazingly crisp.
As I started stretching, I thought this: when you are standing still in the cold, after the rain, you get…well cold. However, if you continue running, say in the rain, you keep warm. So it is in life.
As I looked around the plants I was running by, I thought another. It is amazing how people only believe in the facts of science and not the facts of our spiritual condition. Especially, when it comes to grace. The grace that Christ extends to us.
People choose to believe in everything that “authorities and PhD’s” claim to be true because it has nothing to do with the observance (truth) of themselves. Yes, it can be about how H2O reacts with Carbon, about how yeast rises in bread, about the anatomy of human beings, about how animals move, about space, about computer systems, about human resources, about business, but ANYTHING TO DO WITH FACING OUR TRUE SELVES, people will run away.
It can even be meditating so that you forget about yourself, it can be new age and feeling like you are one with the universe, it can be even doing good works and charity to cover up the fact that we are weak and sinful- and thus trying to work our way towards heaven, it can be doing voodoo and cursing other people, it can be forever being angry, it can be horoscopes- trying to predict each day of our lives…..
However, we are then forever escaping truth and the reality and conditions of our hearts and souls. That we are depraved in every way, that we are unable ourselves to be good, that we are, as much as people hate this word, sinful. To look ourselves in the mirror of our hearts is, I believe, one of the most terrifying things on earth.
And maybe that’s why I have found truth in Jesus Christ. I am not religious, I don’t smack people on the head with scripture or doctrine. This is the only truth I know that allows us to see ourselves as we REALLY are, and the God who actually forgives and embraces us just as we are. No trying to do good works, no trying to be better.
That comes later, as the power enters us and allows us to love- unconditionally just as we have accepted unconditional love.
I am just like everyone else, but I have accepted the gift of grace and given up on the fact that I myself can achieve anything good, or be any good. But when I accepted that, I really did gain everything in the world- wisdom, love, peace, truth, power, rest, a supernatural change that compelled me to give up everything I held onto; everything that yielded death and false security.
Blessed is the man who finds wisdom,
the man who gains understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her;
those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations,
by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided,
and the clouds let drop the dew.