My day usually starts with 3 things: Quiet, white thoughts (prayer), and black coffee. Pretty much in that order. One reason I start my day that way is because I know without “God’s” power in “my” life then “my” monster comes more and more out of the cage God currently has him in. The more I understand Beatitude #1, the better off I am. The more I am the tax collector crying out to God have mercy on me, and not the Pharisee praying “thank you God I’m not like him”, the better off I am. So I like giving God my very first fruits of the day, and taking no chances, for I know what I am. I like gathering the manna God rains down in the morning, but melts away in the heat. It cannot be found after we are worn and weary from our busy day. (So says Grandpa White Feather. LOL)
We have just spent a lot of time on the previous 5 articles: “Is God the Monster?” I must say it has been a labor of love and revelation for me. In the beginning I was hesitant to go down that path, for I was not sure I could do justice to the subject. But God was there all the time, leading me places I was not expecting, and even revealing things I had not seen. For example, God charged Adam to dress and keep the Garden. I always wondered what Adam was supposed to do in a perfect Garden? What work was there to do?
But in these articles we began asking the question, when did Adam’s “turning” actually begin? How long had the “table been set” for the monster to have his day? Adam failed to maintain a certain “spiritual atmosphere” in the Garden. He failed to maintain the “Lord’s Table”, and it became a table set for the monster. I never saw this before. (And there is much more that could be said on that.)
Todays words are mostly to ask that all you very busy people, for I know that we all are, but if you missed any of the 5 episodes, I think it is worth our time to… get quiet… enter some white thoughts…maybe grab a cup of black coffee (or tea)…and go back to read those articles again…I know I have…and will again and again. (The Path of the White Feather.)
If we are the tax collector and not the Pharisee, then we know what we see about ourself when we look in God’s mirror. If we understand Beatitude #1, then we know we are the monster, not God. But the monster wants to dress you up, justify yourself and your actions, turn you into the older brother of the prodigal son, turn you into a Cain!
My words on this today is, never forget what you see in God’s mirror. Look in it regularly, and live a life of love and mercy because we know except for the grace of God, we are still the monster.
“For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in the mirror. YOU SEE YOURSELF, walk away, AND FORGET what you look like. But if you look CAREFULLY into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and DON’T FORGET what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.” (James 1:23-25 NLT)
(Verse 27) “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means…(?)
Dear Lord, I pray that by the ministry of your Holy Spirit in us, that you would show us where we are too proud, too much in love with ourself and our ways, and teach us to walk your white path of humility. You walked the red path, so we could walk the white. We are the monsters who ripped you to shreds and turned your path red. May we never forget. Amen.
Church of the White Path, at Tumble Pigeon Farm.