"As water reflects a face,
so a man's heart reflects the man."
Thank you, Solomon...Proverbs 27:19
Providence, as Divine as It is, is surely with us, enabling us to get through anything and everything -- be it a Clinton presidency, a Bush presidency, an Obama presidency, and even a Trump presidency (which at this present time, is still standing, and standing fierce....well, at least he is.). Forever a Never Hillary, while Never being a Never Trump-er, my heart and vote were one and the same come election day, come hell or high water. I may have even said that phrase aloud; surely it came with a prayer.
Thing is, as I believe anyway, Divine Providence has been with us from the start, built into our hearts and minds and spirit, because our founders recognized something, and something huuuuge. America has been the exception -- ergo exceptional -- by the making of the INDIVIDUAL king, and as long as the INDIVIDUAL held up to its end of the bargain, all would be well, and well indeed, and there would literally be no end.
As long as the INDIVIDUAL stayed on the path of right action -- aiming to move and witness and relate to one another in the same spirit as our Creator, with awesome intelligence built in, being fully made in God's image -- then surely all the days of our life would be good. Of course, not without adversity -- but all good, all God, as each day would come same as the day before only asking of us one thing: to stay connected to the Source; for a people, individually and collectively, acting in faith, responding with love, and uniting wholly under One God, indivisible, can do anything when we put our hearts and minds together.
So the thing is, just how can this formula continue to work if we take out the foundation right out from under all of our feet?
Newsflash: It Doesn't
It is no accident that the more the establishment in government has ballooned to promote the idiocy that the government is the one who can fulfill and satisfy and make tangible every individual need, the less the people are inclined to know God and rely on God, first and foremost.
In my favorite read, The Five Thousand Year Leap, W. Cleon Skousen briefly summarizes something pretty profound from John Locke's thoughts in, Essay Concerning Human Understanding, and proceeds to give us this little gem:
"In it Locke pointed out that it defies the most elementary aspects of reason and experience to presuppose that everything in existence developed as a result of fortuitous circumstance. The mind, for example, will not accept the proposition that the forces of nature, churning about among themselves, would ever produce a watch, or even a lead pencil, let alone the marvelous intricacies of the human eye, the ear, or even the simplest of organisms found in nature. All these are the product of intelligent design and high precision engineering." Again, that's Skousen paraphrasing a Locke thought...
and Skousen then added this in the very next paragraph....and I add it now just for our own amusement (because a little levity is good right about now) --
"Locke felt that a person who calls himself an "atheist" is merely confessing that he has never dealt with the issue of the Creator's existence. Therefore, to Locke an atheist would be to that extent "irrational," and out of touch with reality; in fact, out of touch with the most important and fundamental reality."
So I look about now, at the forces of nature afoot -- whether it be the floodwaters and unrelenting rain in the city of Houston and its surrounding counties, or the floodwaters raging within the halls of government, leading America into total bankruptcy in every way -- and my heart bleeds and my mind explodes.
Here is just a mix of stories to churn about in your head --
The greatest fears of our founders is coming about -- the totality of our goodness for which it stands and from which it comes, is being torn asunder.
Communists have always known the secret in the skillful takeover of the mind, setting up for the moral authority to be handed down by man, allowing for the oppressor to take command: simply take away thy faith in God. (For more on that, go to another Skousen read: The Naked Communist)
Our strength does not come from Washington D.C., people.
Our courage does not come from Mitch McConnell -- or anything close to that.
Our ability to do the right thing, for the right reasons, at the right time comes from somewhere deep inside our being -- for as its been often said before, we are human beings not human doings.
The kind of peace that passes all understanding only comes from one place and nothing can substitute God....even if it sounds almost the same -- as in everything ending with dot GOV dot COM.
Looking to government to act according to its purest of nature is a lost cause completely; for what is government but a group of human beings with human frailties and weaknesses. And yet our entire culture has wrapped itself around it like its the mother of all mothers, the end all and the be all of every living thing we do.
This is a good read, although from a decade ago, and it comes via The Heritage Foundation, titled:
And now a word from our sponsor, George Washington, from his Farewell Address:
...But this leads at length
to a more formal and permanent despotism. The
disorders and miseries which result gradually incline
the minds of men to seek security and repose
in the absolute power of an individual; and sooner
or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more
able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns
this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation
on the ruins of public liberty.
and THIS, too:
Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to
political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable
supports. In vain would that man claim
the tribute of patriotism who should labor to subvert
these great pillars of human happiness, these
firmest props of the duties of men and citizens.
The mere politician, equally with the pious man,
ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume
could not trace all their connections with private
and public felicity. Let it simply be asked where is
the security for property, for reputation, for life, if
the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths,
which are the instruments of investigation in courts
of justice? And let us with caution indulge the supposition
that morality can be maintained without
religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence
of refined education on minds of peculiar
structure, reason and experience both forbid us to
expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion
of religious principle.
Did you know that the U.S. Senate reads George's Farewell Address every year? It began in the year 1862, being used as a "morale-boosting gesture" during the dark days of our Civil War....according to THIS page, anyway, @ wide world without end amen dot senate dot gov... Senator Ben Sasse read it this year.
Given the level of productivity and depravity coming from the flood of oppressive legislation and the clear, unmitigated, unconscionable, usurpation of America's Constitution over the last hundred years, what began in 1862, with honorable intention and providence, has seemingly become nothing more than empty sentiment, for appearances only, my guess. Wonder if any of our fine gentlemen and ladies are even listening, with the ears that which our good God gave them? Are they even aware, with eyes wide open by the gift of God, of all that is seen and unseen through the human eyes and human spirit and human mind of good ole George? For me thinks not, as his masterful recommendations and thoughts point directly to our downfall, the consequences of our ways are here.... and here to stay unless we do something about it.
And don't even get me started -- it's not just about the waywardness of our fine Senate. C'mon, now, we are all at fault for the reality we make, good, bad, or indifferent.
-- Things this girl knows today --
twenty trillion dollars in debt, with no end in sight, and with half a nation totally dependent upon government to live -- is a nation underwater
Instagram and Twitter and Facebook are not the Way, the Truth, and the Light.
attacking Christian groups and individuals and getting away with it, takes a nation, once firmly under God, nowhere good -- it becomes a nation drowning in a soul-less, secular disaster
growing dependency upon government over God, goes against everything this nation was founded upon -- taking with it our firm foundation, taking with it our brotherly love, taking with it our peaceful co-existence with our fellow man, and all the while, taking with it our capacity as individuals to rise above our troubles and adversity to grow good character, taking with it our capacity to excel in our life's work following our God-Given purpose, and in the end, crushes our ability to live in liberty and freedom for one and for all, and albeit, collectively in the end. This is life underwater and sitting at the bottom of an ocean of a new deity called GOV.
This should smack each and every one of us across the face, just as much as the horrific scenes coming out of Houston. It's just high time we get our priorities straight.
and to that end, I must depart.
Make it a Good Day, G