Rejoicing in God’s infinite love

I’ve been enjoying exploring the world virtually through a National Geographic program. One that I found recently that I really enjoyed was about the Nordic region. The landscape is beautiful. The seasons are awe-inspiring. And the wildlife is spectacular.

It also portrayed people in various Nordic activities — surfing under the Northern Lights, dogsled racing, and reindeer herding. It was fascinating to see people who live and engage in activities that are completely different than I do. What I found particularly interesting was that I didn’t know these people or had never even thought about these people, but God does know them, and loves them, and happily cares for them. It was a remarkable revelation!

God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.1

I didn’t have to know all the ways — microscopic to infinite — of all the ways that God, divine Love, is caring for creation. God is beholding each one as spiritual, whole, safe, and complete. God isn’t afraid for His creation! God is rejoicing in the success, beauty, and harmony of His creation. It really expanded my sense of God’s love to see that, yes, even all the way up there in this Nordic region, God, divine Love, was and is there caring for and gladly supplying every need. As we yield to this fact, we open ourselves up to this incredible, infinite love that God has for us and feel and experience it more and more.

So, I’m grateful that even though I may not ever travel to various regions of the Earth, our Father-Mother God is there tenderly caring for each creation. What a reason to be in awe and rejoice!

Father-Mother is the name for Deity, which indicates His tender relationship to His spiritual creation.2

1 Philippians 4:19
2 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 332
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Throwing off limitations

I love the movie Hidden Figures. It is such an inspiring success story of overcoming adversity, racial and gender discrimination, and other limitations. The women in this movie are courageous, intelligent, persistent, confident and poised. Each of them overcomes boundaries individually and collectively, and the audience rejoices in their victory.

Stories such as these are empowering because they show what we are capable of. These women face down demons of discouragement and fear. And through their persistent effort they make a significant difference with marked achievement. We are all capable of throwing of material fetters. The world is constantly imposing on us “you can’t”. These “voices” may come from within or without. But if we begin with knowing who we are as the spiritual children of God, and listen to God’s voice, we will go up higher.

Discerning the rights of man, we cannot fail to foresee the doom of all oppression. Slavery is not the legitimate state of man. God made man free.1

We want to strive to begin with God and what God is seeing and knowing about us each day. We can’t get any higher than that, so why not start with this beautiful view! God, Spirit, is infinite, intelligent, perfect being and consciousness. Spirit created us in the image and likeness of Spirit, God. So what does that tell us about who we are? Talented, beautiful, graceful, meaningful — capable of being conscious of what God is conscious of right now. We reflect the qualities of our Creator. God is communicating Himself in tender, compassionate ways. When we listen to that voice, we go up higher. We discern our true spiritual nature and, in turn, we are freed from material impositions and limitations. When we reason from this good premise, we get good results.

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.2

We all want to be free, and we can be by freeing ourselves from material fetters. It’s the Holy Spirit that comes to our thought to reveal to us who and what we really are. It’s like waking up to the truth that has been there all along. Just like when explorers realized the Earth wasn’t flat, everyone’s perception had to change. The Holy Spirit wakes us up to the infinite, spiritual nature of reality and our perception changes. We grow and expand out of the material limits and express more of God’s divine nature. This is way we give glory to God!

Citizens of the world, accept the “glorious liberty of the children of God,” and be free! This is your divine right.3

1 Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, Mary Baker Eddy, p. 227
2 II Corinthians 3:17
3 Ibid, p. 227
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Block out the noise

I love this scene in the movie Race (2016). It shows us how clearly we want to stay tuned in to God, divine Love, and the messages God is communicating to us, and tuned out to evil, negativity, fears that the world tries to impose on us. We all have that capability to stay tuned in to God. God’s messages are ones of fearlessness, strength, poise, gentleness, inspiration, and calm. They counteract chaos and fear with the sweet assurance of knowing we are as God’s beloved children.

Jesus referred to this as going into your closet and shutting the door to pray (Matthew 6:6). We want to close out all those other voices — the world, the doubts, etc. — leave them outside the door. Don’t take them in to that prayer closet with you. You want to be so still, so quiet, that you can hear God’s angel thoughts speaking directly to you telling you that you are calm, safe, loved, cared for, worthy; telling you how much God loves you.

The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea. Psalms 93:4

When we glimpse God’s love it’s like the radiant sun that melts our doubts and fears away. This is the “secret place of the Most High” (that Psalm 91 mentions) where want to dwell mentally. And we can take that “secret place” with us in our workplace, the grocery store, our homes. This is where we hear and feel God telling us that we are children of our loved divine Father-Mother, made in Spirit’s image and likeness. We can see those around us as dwelling in that secret place as well, whether or not they recognize it. In this way we glimpse God’s love as a comforting embrace where we all live and move together.

Through the love of God our Saviour
All will be well;
Free and changeless is His favor;
All must be well;
Precious is the Love that healed us,
Perfect is the grace that sealed us,
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us;
All, all is well.
(Christian Science Hymnal, No. 350)