Today was such a gorgeous, beautiful God blessed Fall day. The air was crisp, clear and clean. People were buzzing about and although there was quite a bit of traffic around my neighborhood today, in spite of the perpetual motion, there was an inner peace and calm that seemed to be in the air.
As I went about a few errands today, I had one in particular which included by beloved nephew who is really like my son. We truly enjoy spending time with one another talking and discussing life, the future and most importantly the role that our Heavenly Father plays in our lives with His infinite wisdom. I always use myself as a testimony and example of God’s continual Grace and Mercy that has been placed, at crucial times in my life. The wisdom, growth and revelation that I have received as a result comes from Him through the Holy Spirit that indwells within me.
After I finished with my nephew, I continued on to the pet supplies store to pick up some items to perform some much needed and overdue maintenance on the pond in my backyard. I picked up some algae cleaner, water conditioner and food. I figure since I have to be here in Brooklyn for another day or so, I might as well get the pond in order (although the fish seem to have done quite well over the past few years without too much help from me), for the winter. Once I got back to the house with my goodies, I was ready to dive into the task at hand. Cleaning the backyard of overgrowth, fallen leaves and dying vines; scooping leaves out of the pond and adding fresh water.
As the hose was running into the pond, creating a little water fall with air bubbles, the fish surfaced from within the deep of the pond where they have been hiding and began to swim into the flow coming off the cascading water as though inching their way up stream. I watched them in amazement that despite their being left on their own while I was in North Carolina and even during my short trips back and forth without even looking in on them, that they have thrived and even multiplied!
So my pondering led to me this.
Everything on and in the earth is God’s creation (Genesis 1:1-31), He is more than capable of making sure that His creation is provided for no matter what. He has given us imagination; a creative mind by which his divine inspiration is given to us and manifests itself into the physical world as we know it. All we have to do is just look around us to see His glory…. from architecture, to airplanes, trains, music, art, technology; every single thing that exists in this world today as we know it!
Just as we, who are created in His image, so it is with the all of life on this magnificent planet. As was evident with the fish and even more evident with His ultimate creation – mankind; We truly have not any need for worry; for we were created to manifest and bring forth the glory of God realized through us.
Jesus spoke this to his disciples regarding worry and concern about living:
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more thank meat, and the body than raiment?
Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Matthew 6:25-26
So suffice it to say…… Be happy, don’t worry. Naw… sounds too easy doesn’t it; and easier said than done. Well one can start by eliminating those things which gives us anxiety. For instance, quit watching the 4,5,6,7, 10 and 11 o’clock news for starters. Ween yourself off of negative television programming (i.e., reality tv, crime dramas, etc.). You’d be surprised at how this stuff can slowly creep into your subconsciousness causing one to be anxious, edgy, irritable, and fearful.
Find quiet time and solitude, even if you have to hide out in your bathroom or closet. Take the time to think on those things that may be lovely, positive and beautiful…. (a beautiful blue sky, birds singing, flowers, an ocean breeze, a starry night, etc.).
As Paul stated in his letter to the Philippians:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phi 4:8,
Truly the power of positive thinking is nothing new under the sun and has always been encouraged in the Word of God. And through the encouraging Word of God, you will find peace in the midst of turmoil.