Signs and symbols and wonders

“I AM….Guided” is our March theme. God communicates with us and guides us in countless ways. Our Mother-Father God has certainly been speaking to us through signs and symbols and wonders from the beginning.

Our challenge is how to discern true guidance… how to discern the Will of God. According to the book of Matthew ch. 7, verses 1-8, Jesus said: “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.”

When we ask, seek, and knock we enter into communion with God, and we open ourselves to Grace. There are countless examples of this in Scripture. Whether they were historically true, is not the point… the important part is the story. Just like us, some followed Divine Guidance and others did not.

Adam and Eve were told not to eat of the fruit in the Garden of Eden and they disobeyed and thus entered the world of cause and effect. Noah was told to build an ark and he listened, and so he and his family and many living creatures were saved from the flood.

Abraham was told by God that his people and his descendants would be given the land of Canaan, as far as the eye could see, and his life was about following guidance and reaping the results. Sodom and Gomorrah were corrupt cities, and Abraham’s nephew Lot was told to flee with his family and not look back since the cities were to be destroyed. His wife looked back and became a pillar of salt. Joseph was guided by his dreams and ended up saving and overseeing all of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. Ruth, after losing her husband, against all outer advice, followed her own guidance and her mother-in-law Naomi to a new land and found a new love. Jonah first resisted the guidance to go to Nineveh and teach the people there. He ended up in the belly of a great fish and was then given a second chance to follow the original plan.

Story after story in Scripture is about the good that comes from discerning and following the will of God, or the troubles that result from our resistance. The idea is not that there is some God up there who is going to punish us if we do not get it right. It is about the choice of ego or the choice of our inner wisdom.

Guidance comes for each one of us — in the simplest and also in the most profound ways. Let us ask, seek, and knock through daily prayer and meditation. Let us listen for the still small voice, and then act on our discernment. And let us affirm frequently, “Thy will be done,” and then trust the signs and wonders that we receive.

Love & blessings,
Rev. Kathy

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