The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
This famous express of Christ Jesus has new meaning for me today…. let me share a bit with you, ok?
First, there is the immediacy of this statement. There is nothing closer than ‘at hand’, right? One could even go so far as to say, ‘Heaven is handy’… This is now, here, practical truth, this present moment. Not some far off land over the rainbow. This is R-E-A-L-I-T-Y.
Second, just look at that word ‘kingdom’. It’s not used that often, is it? A kingdom speaks of domain, authority, presence, power, protection, peace. And of course, the leadership of a king. We are never in this circumstance or condition alone. We have a king. How cool is that? Under such protection, all is well…
Lastly, heaven breaks through our daily experience, here and now. Just as the man lame for 30 years, from birth, instantaneously finds his feet, or the leper Jesus EMBRACED and transformed finds his health, there are moments we can see where our own perfection shines through, or when the coin appears in the fish’s mouth? The Bible is filled with the testimony of such moments of heaven. That’s why I love it so much!
AND, here is the new, fresh Truth…. Heaven ‘pokes’ through our daily life. AND, keeps building and the moments of pure inspiration, health, goodness get longer…stronger. That’s how we come to the Kingdom of Heaven, moment by moment…Until, we come to that ‘perfect man’, the man of God’s creating. And, there we are — “Already raised up in Christ” as it says in Ephesians 2:6.
I was talking with a girlfriend recently about the joys and struggles of family relationships….we all work within the circle of others. Sometimes it is in relationship with others that we face the greatest difficulties. It can be the boss, the sister, the kid… but each one (even if WE can’t see it yet) also lives within range of heaven. We have to drop the labels the basket of diagnosis, the history of hurt to see transformation. The best healers to this ALL THE TIME.
In Him we live, move and have our being.
We find as we turn spiritward, that we are really here as witnesses to the good God is unfolding before us, each day – ever new. So we CAN be surprised by the harmony that breaks in on us, the healing that speedily restores health, the joy that a moment of pure heaven inspires in us. It can be as simple as the license plate I saw this morning that read: “LK-UPWD” Look upward!
Heaven is the conscious awareness of the power of Love in our lives, in our world, and in the lives of those around us. It’s not our power, it’s ours to reflect, shine within, manifest, and pass along…
Here’s a healing experience about relationships from my early career in architecture: I had a disagreement with a co-worker one time. She’d been a good friend, a lunch-mate. Then when she became my direct supervisor on the job I was doing, something shifted. Egos entered in. Control issues arose, and we became VERY uncomfortable with each other, both personally and professionally.
As I walked one lunch hour the streets of Detroit, MI to think this through. …to pray about it. It suddenly occurred to me in a flash, as a visual image — that of a mask that she was holding up (Certainly I was doing the same thing too). As soon as I saw that, though, and could visualize it,…that the mask that was hiding her real, genuinely warm friendship from me,…in a moment – whoosh, it dissolved. In Christian Science we call that mask ‘ mortal mind’. Paul called it the ‘carnal mind’. It’s good to have a name for it, nothing more than a hypnotic suggestion that God, Love, is not in control.
As I returned to my drafting table, and she came over to check my work, it was all ease and friendliness. I was no longer reacting defensively and she was no longer imposing. It had healed. Just LIKE that! Snap. And we went back to our friendship. Small healing, big principle!
In fact one time working with a group of small kids, I had them draw masks on paper plates held up by popsicle sticks….like the scary mad monster faces. As we played at being ‘mean’, holding up our masks, we could see the giggles and friendly faces hiding behind them…we could see that if our friend, our siblings, mom or dad were acting angry, or hurt, or sad, or whatever — it was only a mask. We didn’t have to ‘react’ to the mask. Their real self, their real godlikeness was perfect and untouched right there all-a-long. And, we could find them by ‘dropping the mask’.
I hope that you will find yourself watching, WATCHING, for heaven in this present moment. Drop the mask. Whether it be the belief you are sick, hurt, angry, unemployed, struggling…ask God to help shine over it and light up perfection for you. It IS right there.
The very circumstance, which your suffering sense deems wrathful and afflictive, Love can make an angel entertained unawares.” Mary Baker Eddy in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. (P. 574)
Report the effects of such good to others, be a witness to the world. See Heaven breaking through your day! THAT is your job today!
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