“But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us–by me and Silas and Timothy–was not ‘Yes’ and ‘No,’ but in him it has always been ‘Yes.’ For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ. And so through him the ‘Amen’ is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He annointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.”
The August 4th entry of God Calling, a daily devotional edited by A.J. Russell, reads: “Draw into your beings more and more this wonderful Eternal Life. It is the flow of the Life Eternal through spirit, mind and body, that cleanses, heals, restores, renews youth, and passes on from you to others, with the same miracle-working power.”
In this quote we read how Eternal Life promises cleansing, healing, restoring, and youthfulness. Continuing to look more closely we see that it is the flow of Life Eternal through spirit, mind, and body that brings these promises to fulfillment. And as an added plus, when we have Eternal Life flowing in and through us we become vessels of that Life channeling it from ourselves to others. It truly becomes as miracle-working power in our lives and the lives of those we interact with. It is truly amazing to reflect on all that means. And yet at times, there can be such a big gap between achievement and fulfillment, we wonder if they are just empty promises. They are not empty promises, they are just not so easily obtained without effort.
For most of my life it was my experience that I did all the talking in my prayer routine. I prayed sincerely and fervently. I had a good relationship with Our Lord. It wasn’t until I became Still that I began to experience the flow of Eternal Life.
At first it was more of a mind thing. I wanted, and needed so badly, a more personal connection that I believed it could happen and I willed it to be so. I was open to the possibilities. As time went on my openness became Spiritual longing and anticipation. This is when I believe Our Lord knew He had me, hook, line and sinker. This is when my Journey Through The Stillness became less disjointed and the writings became more meaningful, more profound. Did I doubt? Was I confused and a bit frightened? You bet, but somehow, I willed myself to continue on to see where He would lead me. It was then that I began to physically experience Our Lord and many other wonderful encounters. He now had me mind, body, and spirit.
This journey was not something that happened in an instant. It was a long time in the making through years of faithful prayer and preparation… His preparing me. Even though my Journey Through The Stillness has undergone changes over its course, I can now look back and see these changes as necessary. What was in the beginning was preparation for what is now. I have experienced Him as I never imagined possible. I am continually learning from Him how to move forward from these experiences and share all that He is with others.
He has blessed my efforts and He will bless yours too. Be patient with Him for He has endless patience with you. Go and sit before Him in silence believing in possibilities, expecting good things, but knowing you are a work in progress, unique unto yourself. Do not compare your faith walk with mine or anyone else’s. Instead, learn all you can through the faith of others and give yourself over to Our Lord. He will reward you, if not right now, eventually. He will put His Spirit in your heart as a guarantee of what is to come.