“On Earth as It Is in Heaven”
I ask myself today how can I inspire in these troubling times. I wonder if anyone has hope enough to listen or faith enough to see. What is faith but the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen, at least that’s what it says in Hebrews 11:1. It was the faith of two blind men that opened their eyes to see. As they came before Jesus asking to be healed, he simple said to them, “Do you believe?’ “Yes Lord,” they replied. He touched their eyes and said, “According to your faith let it be done onto you.” And their eyes were opened. Matthew 9:27-30.
I think of myself as having a lot of faith. I am where I am today because of the hope and faith I held onto. Yet even when we’ve experienced miracles we can become complacent in our faith. I ask myself, do you have the faith of a mustard seed? That always boggled my mind. That all it takes is a tiny bit of faith to make good things happen in our life. Maybe it was the innocence of a child’s faith that allowed me to believe in what my mature adult self gets in the way of now. Maybe that’s the way we need to look at things…through the hopeful eyes of a child’s faith. Maybe then we can begin to experience all the good that God wants for us. Maybe then what is done on earth…will be as it is in heaven.
Today as I begin my meditation I’m giving a quote by Albert Einstin to ponder, “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.”
A few weeks ago a friend read a quote to me by Napoleon Hill, “In your search for the secret of the method, do not look for a miracle, because you will not find it. You will find only the eternal laws of nature.”
I realized that sometimes I get so caught up in how to make the miracles in my life happen that I actually miss the miricles there are to see. I think to myself often that I know how to do what I need to in order to get from here to there. However, in the process of doing things the way I think I should, I miss out on all there is to see in between where the miricles actually exist.
Ever since I was a kid I loved the challenge of finding Waldo. I bought a book for our grand-kids a long time ago, and even when the big ones come over if the book is out, they still love searching Waldo out in the maze of a crowd.
Of course me, being me, I always see something deeper in things, even if that wasn’t the designer’s purpose in the first place. I think Waldo represents a little bit about each of us. He likes to play games that’s one thing for sure. He’s jokester, a challenger, smart, cleaver, and elusive. Maybe he’s even a little insecure, having a need to hide yet wanting desperately to be found otherwise why would he wear a strip shirt?
I think that searching for Waldo can be a great form of meditation as we look for answers about ourselves. As we seek him out he becomes us and we ask ourselves what am I hiding from? What am I searching for? Why do I dress to draw attention, yet hide for fear of not being accepted for who I am. I know just about now you’re thinking, ah…Connie you’re taking all the fun out of it. No, that’s not my intention. I love looking for Waldo just for the fun of it like everyone else. My point is in showing that there can be more to see than what meets the eye.
If I look outside my window on a cold dreary winter day. I can simple see my holly tree or see it as a beautify Christmas tree with strings of red berries. Twinkling lights of ice cover raindrops, with ornaments of red cardinal birds and squirrels munching away on their Christmas feast. I can look a friend in the eyes, and see their very soul or only notice what heir wearing on the outside. I can wallow in my own misery letting that be all I focus on or catch a glimpse of the daisy’s outside my window saying, “hello.”
I think there’s a kind of picture puzzle in all things whether it be a person, a situation, nature or even as far as the universe itself. If we’re not seeing these hidden pictures, then maybe we need to start asking ourselves what’s standing in our way. What’s so much more important than discovering all that life has to show and teach us. You don’t have to be a deep person to see, all you need is to get your ego out of the way. You don’t have to imagine what heaven will be like, it’s hidden in plain sight right here on earth. Ask Waldo, he’ll help you find it.
When the sight of our perception is off whether it be our eyes or in our life, we don’t realize how much we are missing until the cloudiness is cleared away.
As the years go by the degree of clarity in our eyesight often gets clouded over by cataracts. The gift of perception in which we once saw is diminished. However, with today’s technology an eye surgeon can clear it away. There is no surgeon who takes away the cloudiness in everyday life. We are our own surgeons, and as intricate as cataract surgery is, it is the same for us as we clear away our own clouds. It is then that we see what we couldn’t before. The colors of life come back into view with a renewed sharpness giving us back the perception we need to see with clarity.