When I saw The Book of Eli, starring Denzel Washington, I was reminded of how we are all called by Spirit to do a special task. We may not believe that we are worthy or that we have the requisite skills, but God will give us what we need to accomplish what we are appointed to do. I was reminded of how difficult it is to “stay on the path; stay on the path” as Denzel’s character Eli had to tell himself repeatedly. There is always something to distract us when we try to stay the course, but like Eli — we only need to stay centered in God.
We can only imagine what contributed to Eli’s phenomenal training to protect the Bible during his 30 years in the wilderness. Similarly, we speculate that Moses was trained by Pharaoh as an Egyptian Priest of the highest order, and that he spent 40 more years meditating and praying while serving as a shepherd on Horeb, the “mountain of God.” So, like Eli, Moses was well-prepared for his mission. In fact, Moses was so well-prepared that in Exodus 3:4, when God calls Moses from the burning bush, Moses simply says, “Here I am.”
Here I am — ready to do what Spirit calls me to do. Here I am — ready to push past the boundaries of my comfort zones. Here I am — ready to leave who I used to be in order to accomplish God’s divine plan. Here I am — regardless of what others may perceive as difficulties or setbacks or handicaps, I am ready because God is my strength, my might, and my salvation.
You see, we were called before our births in the physical realm. The Buddhists ask “do you remember what your face looked like before your parents were born?” Our spiritual face is the energy of our soul and the deepest intent behind our purpose. Jeremiah said “Before we were formed in the womb, God knew us. Before we were born, God set us apart.” (Jeremiah 1:4-6) We may not remember exactly where we are going or know how we will get there, but Spirit will lead the way. We are often of such little faith that we doubt our abilities — like Moses — and second-guess our talent, but God will give us the voice and the vision and the victory that we need. God will soften even the hardest hearts of the egos in our midst — especially our own. God will part the Red Sea of fear and trepidation, allowing no one deter us from our path.
As the Psalmist reminds us, God said, “Do not touch not my anointed ones, and do my prophets no harm.” (Psalm 105) You are my beloved child; you are my heir to the throne. The Kingdom of Infinite Possibilities is within you. If you thirst, I will give you living water. If you hunger, I will feed you meat and rain down bread from heaven. I know what you have need of before you even ask. All you have to do is trust. I AM THAT I AM is not only where you are, but God is already at the place where you are going.
Here I am — finally realizing that I am strengthened by the power of God. I am lifted by the power of God. I am energized by the power of God. I am prospered by the power of God. I am reborn by the power of God — one with every cell, every molecule and every atom of our being. Here I am — and right where I AM is Spirit expressing as me. Here I am — moving forward in unlimited potential and divinely guided to a consciousness where I can never falter, never sway, never miss the triumph of all that I AM.
I will stay on the path of righteousness, regardless of what others think. I once was lost but now, I have returned from the far country. I am going about my Father’s business.
I don’t want to just see the Promised Land; I want to be in the right consciousness to enter it. I want to be a believer — not just in somebody else’s testimony, but I want to know God for myself. I want to know Jesus Christ for myself. I want to shut up and listen to the Holy Spirit for myself. I want to maintain a clarity of heart and sincerity of purpose so true that it reaches beyond who I once was to liberate me in the unlimited power of all that I AM. Only then can I walk the walk and talk the talk like Eli — with the sword of God’s power, watching a thousand fall at my side and ten thousand at my right hand and nothing come near me. (Psalm 91)
As long as I stay centered in God, I will succeed. No matter what circumstances I meet on my path, nothing will be too great for God.
Namaste, Reverend Cecilia Loving
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