Dear America,we begin another week with devastation at our feet; the sheer might, the magnificent path of terror, reveals how truly vulnerable we are to mother nature.
by the end of the day, as America watched first responders pull children from the rubble, all the rest of us could really do was pray for Moore. Moore, Oklahoma.
Just how does Moore -- a population of roughly 55,000 -- recover when left with nearly nothing remotely close to a town, a community, a village with stores, and schools, and restaurants, and everything else we can't live without?
It is in this moment that little old g thing returns to a message from Sunday's Joel Osteen. Osteen devoted the morning sermon to holding the vision -- that nothing good comes from a defeatist attitude. But more than that, we must remain diligent, and vigilant, playing an active role in the making of our goals, large or small, come to life. But even more than that, we must anchor this vigilance in faith, trusting in the Divine Providence lighting the way, feeding our soul, sustaining our every move with the proper mix of humility, grace, gratitude, and spirit of transcendence and perseverance.
But even more than all that, Osteen recommended that we literally hold the vision in our hands, see it, feel it, give life to it -- cut out a picture of that new body and hang it on the fridge, make a collage of the family homestead of our dreams. He impressed upon us the pure necessity of instilling the impression mechanism deep within our being like planting a seed; that by placing this deep, spiritually incarnate, motivating, enduring through thick and thin lasting impression, we basically make known to the unknown: this is what we want for ourselves, for our family, for our community, for our country.
Much like the quote of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
"Whatever you do,
or dream you can,
Boldness has genius
and magic in it."
Strikingly, Osteen reminded us that 'anything that is seen is temporary, subject to change' -- and instantly, Moore becomes a rather poignant, horrific example. But to better understand the context and intention -- Osteen included this thought to convince us that we can change our circumstances, our experiences, our lives for the better. Life in the natural can not only lean upon the Unseen -- life in the natural, as a matter of record, is dependent upon It.
Sometime during the message, little g scribbled on her notepad, Proverbs 29:18. So returning to The Good Book this morning, this is how it reads:
"Where there is no revelation,
the people cast off restraint;
but blessed is he who keeps the law."
oh but G, where are going with all this, huh?
Patience is a virtue, you know...
I got to hear Glenn Beck for about fifteen minutes this morning as I was taking my girl to school. In that fifteen, Beck was relaying the twitter brigade out in full force throughout the night just as he was traveling to the epicenter of disaster with his crew. Let's just say, the comments were of the Unkind kind, poking fun at the Bible belt being thoroughly belted with God's wrath.
And Beck was like, geeze, what the $%&@ --- is this where we are at? Really?
Which forced G to return to Proverbs for back up --
"Many seek an audience
with a ruler,
but it is from the Lord
that man gets justice."
"Every word of God is flawless;
he is a shield
to those who take refuge in him.
Do not add to his words,
or he will rebuke you and
prove you a liar."
We are clearly at an age in America, where God is being replaced, rebuked even.
No longer are we a nation living Under God, but a nation mocking those who believe in God, and self-righteously ridiculing the religious lot holding up the middle of America.
While that's not all -- what began with maybe the very moment we took a moment of silence for prayer out of public schools has evolved into an all out assault against religion -- specifically, the Judeo-Christian foundation this nation was made.
- Prayer beginning government meetings are being challenged in court. See here. Which is funny, considering anyone in the town can step up to offer the day's prayer -- how can the town help it if those who step up happen to shape the prayer following the teachings of Christianity? It's called the "free exercise thereof," in motion! Hello!
- Religious beliefs have been ambushed and thoroughly trampled upon by the latest entitlement program known as Obamacare.
- President Obama simply leaves out thanking God during his weekly address -- the week of Thanksgiving, of all things. Upon Inauguration Day, the invocation for Obama leaves out "under God," see here. While the recognition of being fully "endowed by our Creator" is left out all the time nowadays -- no need for back up there, just pay attention and listen once in awhile.
Alarms are blaring, people.
Radical change is transforming the way we think, the way we act, the way we respond by the root.
[Another perfect example of this -- is the targeting of Conservative Groups in the Seen. The silencing of opposition in the press, being the second.]
Whether it is the Great Progressives of the Early 20th Century, the Great Depression, the Great Devastation of Hurricane Katrina, Sandy or the tornadoes of Oklahoma shattering the earth's record with 200 mile/hour winds, or the Great Recession of today --- "where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but blessed is he who keeps the law." Dare I say, our spiritual lives are experiencing a great, tumultuous, recess.
Is there a correlation to all the madness? Is there a real, life-sustaining connection between the Seen and the Unseen? Just a girl says there Is.
Good People require a Good Dose of God -- so stop making fun of us!
And surely as it is written in the words "free exercise thereof" -- we may practice as we please, as we see fit, as we choose, or not at all. But as a whole -- the collective, as the Left loves to call it -- it is our duty as a people to leave the impression upon every generation that there is a God and Divine Providence still rules, or we can continue to take our chances. [It's kinda like Powerball, only kicked up a notch.]
Make it a Good Day, G