March 10th, 2014
by admin · Filed Under: Faith · Guidance · Inspiration · Love · Spiritual Health · Visioning · healing · wisdom
In our spiritual growth, we come to a point where we know change is essential in our lives; we’ve got rid of that false self, we’ve done with that and we’ve decided to let our true self come forth. We’ve listened, deep within; we know that something new is calling us, and we’re ready to move out. But we’re scared.
We have a fear of the unknown, a fear of moving out into something new. So I think of that beautiful scripture from Isaiah 40:31, “. . . they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”
But we may not feel that. We still have that fear and we cling to our comfort zones. But we must move out of the old in order to experience God’s new and we only experience the new through change. If you stop and think about it, if we don’t accept change in our life we’ll always stay the same. We want to experience more good, but in order to do that we have to change.
I have a question for you: How do you know when something’s alive? When it’s growing, that’s when it’s alive. It’s only alive when it’s growing. It’s the same with a plant; it’s the same with a human being. If we are to be alive, we must be growing.
And that’s what Jesus meant when he said to the man who said he would follow him but first he had to go and bury his father, “Let the dead bury their dead, and you come and follow me.” It sounded like a callous thing to say, but he was saying that when we are not growing, then we are dead inside. We need to be growing; we need to be following that Truth of our own being, we need to be following the inner leading that we are hearing.
As we move into the realization of our true self we need to follow the dictates of that true self and move out into new experience, into new realization, into the unknown.
Everything is unknown, we’re always moving into the unknown. Nothing is really known; we think we know, but we really don’t. Every day is really unknown, because everything changes all the time. Our bodies are changing all the time; the earth is changing all the time.
We may look at a mountain and say, “Well, that’s not changing.” But it is. Boulders are being weathered and shaped. Beaches are changing shape. All the time, the earth is changing, we are changing, and everything changes. We certainly see it in the spring when that which was dead seems to come alive again. Everything is changing whether we want it to or not; whether we agree with it or not, everything changes and it’s always the unknown.
Rather than fearing the unknown, you need to be able to welcome it and have the courage to move into it, to move out of that comfort zone and follow the dictate of your inner self into those new dimensions. Every difficulty is turned to an advantage and every loss is turned to gain, and you begin to see yourself and your world in a new way.
We have the assurance of God’s presence always with us. In Isaiah, chapters 42 and 43, we read, “And I will lead the blind in the way that they know not, in paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I will do, and I will not forsake them. . . . I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. . . . Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you. . . . Fear not, for I am with you . . .”
So we have nothing to fear as we step into the unknown, as we move forward into change. God is with us all the way.
Perhaps the basis of our fears is perhaps not so much the unknown but whether we will be able to succeed in that unknown. If we move into new areas in our life, will we fail? The fear of failure is very much underneath our fear of the unknown.
William Saroyan said, “Good people are good because they have come to wisdom through failure.” Isn’t failure the way we learn? Do we really learn through success? Success is wonderful and makes us feel good, but is that where we really learn?
Sometimes success makes us complacent. It’s wonderful, but it’s when we’re trying something new and maybe failing at it that we learn what to do to make a success of it. People asked Edison why he had failed so many times and he’d tried 25,000 different ways of trying to produce a battery before he succeeded. So did he fail? No. He said, “Well, I’ve produced a battery, what have you done?”
To fail is not the same as being a failure. No one is a failure as a person. We may fail at different tasks, at doing different things, but we need to do that because that’s how we learn and come to wisdom. A person who never fails never really achieves, never succeeds with anything. Anyone who has achieved anything has failed a lot, too.
That’s an important distinction, just because we fail at something doesn’t mean we’re a failure as a person. You never fail as a person, you have an inherent dignity. You are a creation of the Most High God just as you are. You have all that potential and possibility within you to bring forth good.
Many of us have fallen into a trap, and maybe you’re in that trap. The trap is called “security.” It’s a security that is based upon outer things, upon having a lot of stuff. We all accumulate a lot of stuff, houses and cars, furniture, and all kinds of things. And all of that creates an environment that seems like security, but external security is a myth because things come and go.
Jesus said, “Don’t lay up treasures on earth where moth and rust consume and thieves may break in and steal, but lay up treasures in heaven; for where you treasure is, there is your heart also.”
Where does our treasure need to be? It needs to be in the inner kingdom, or inner security, where the presence of God is there within us.
It may mean taking more time for ourselves for prayer, retreat time, and quiet time. It may mean reducing all that accumulation of stuff that we have. Or it may mean having a special place to retreat to. Only you know the ways you have to reconstruct your life to be able to live your life the way you want to live it, and to accommodate this new self that is coming forth.
I would encourage you to use your creative imagination to visualize yourself, to picture yourself bringing forth those desires you want to achieve. One of the most important words on creative imagination was by William Blake. He said, “Man’s desires are limited by his perception. None can desire what he has not perceived.” Our creative imagination is so important in picturing that which we desire.
What is it that you want in your life? What does your inner self dictate for you? The opposite of courage is not really fear, the opposite of courage is conformity, where we go along in those old patterns, those old ways that are accepted by everyone, instead of stepping out in our own way in our own life.
Listen to these words by Peace Pilgrim: “After a wonderful sojourn in the wilderness I walk again along the streets of a city. Hundreds of neatly dressed human beings with pale or painted faces are hurrying in rather orderly lines to and from their places of employment. I, in my faded shirt and well-worn slacks, walk among them; the rubber soles of my soft canvas shoes move noiselessly along beside the clatter of trim, tight shoes with high heels.
“In the poorer sections I am tolerated, in the wealthier sections some glances seem a bit startled and some are disdainful. On both sides of us as we walk are displayed things we can buy if we are willing to stay in the orderly line day after day, year after year. Some of the things are more or less useful, many are utter trash, some have a claim to beauty, and many are garishly ugly.
“Thousands of things are displayed, yet the most valuable things are missing. Freedom is not displayed, nor health, nor happiness, nor peace of mind. To obtain these, my friends, you too may need to escape from the orderly lines and risk being looked upon disdainfully.”
So step out with courage into the unknown and follow the dictates of your own being, perhaps into something that may be difficult for you, something that challenges you.
Remember, God is Blessing You, Right Now!
Rev. Alan A. Rowbotham
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