Updated: Apr 30
This is the question I asked God in my heart every morning while writing a gentle course on embodying inner trust: "What do I need to move by faith today?" I asked for me and I asked for you, the ones who might someday be interested to read the messages received in response. I asked again this morning, and here is what God gave me...
The whole world is an embodiment and exemplar of faith.
It is currently Spring, but the weather is fluctuating vastly where I live. One day is idyllically warm and sunny, the next rainy and cold. There were even flurries falling amid the sunshine on Easter. Still, whether cloudy or clear, at least one thing remains consistent: the sun rises. Whether I see it or not, it is there. And it is a giver and sustainer of life on this planet in so many ways.
Similarly, there are days when my consciousness feels clear, bursting and blossoming with joy, inspiration, realization! Then there are days when everything within me feels cold, cloudy, or dreary. Sometimes the outer circumstance of life brings stormy experiences. Other times, every facet of my encounter with the world around me is full of beauty. No matter which case in circumstance it is, internally or externally, one thing remains consistent: God's grace is there. He is the giver and sustainer of life in every way.
The outer world of nature reflects that truth back to me. God is there, shining greater than the sun. Always. Seasons come and seasons go, and He remains, steady and reliable as the independent one upon whom we all depend, consciously or unconsciously.
The birds, bees, and trees weather the storms and cycles of change. They play their part in the whole organism of creation with innate, instinctual, implicit trust. In this sense, the whole world is an embodiment and exemplar of faith. It is born from the body of the Lord and sustained within it. What more is there to trust?
This is what I needed to see and appreciate with gratitude in order to move by faith today. I needed to remember my tiny role in relation to the greater whole and the Supreme Person from and for whose pleasure everything exists. It inherently rests upon Him as pearls are strung on a thread. Thus, so do I.
Be A Pearl
Here's a little practice to embody resting on God's grace with faith.
Close your eyes and take a slow, deep, gentle breath or as many as needed to focus inward.
Feel yourself and envision God beside and before you as your loving Lord and friend.
In your mind's eye meditation and/or movement, take a tiny step closer toward Him.
Feel your smallness and dependency while envisioning His unlimited vastness and strength.
Move a tiny step closer again, and repeat.
Allow your movement to slide and glide like a pearl being strung on a thread.
Let a sense of His presence guide you and observe what you experience in body and mind.
Note where you feel any tension of doubt or deepening of relaxation.
What do you need to move by more faith?
If you would like support and company stringing more trustful steps together, I invite you to participate in an upcoming course from May 1-30 or purchase a copy of the book released this month. Private sessions, classes, and courses are also available.
"For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly."
"O conqueror of wealth, there is no truth superior to Me. Everything rests upon Me, as pearls are strung on a thread."