Matthew 7:7-8 reminds us that we have the power to demonstrate our good. In fact, Jesus explains just how simple it is. “Ask,” he says, “and it will be given to you.” He says, “Seek, and you will find.” And just in case, you don’t get that, he says “knock and the door will be opened to you.” Yet, we over-complicate things. We deny the power of God’s image and likeness. We suffocate our good with constant worries. We say that we are devout followers of the Word and yet, we still complain about the appearances of things. We undermine God’s absolute good, even though the Universe begins the process of demonstrating it as soon as we ask.
As Tyler Perry said in his recent performance of Madea’s Big Happy Family at Madison Square Garden, God has a geographical positioning system that clicks on as soon as we ask. In the big “GPS” of life, God zooms in our good and begins to direct us to exactly where it is located. The major challenge that we face is that things may not happen when we want them to. The person who we thought was Mr. or Mrs. Right wasn’t the one at all. We don’t get the job that we thought was perfect for us. The money that we anticipated does not manifest when we believed it would. The apartment that we hoped that we would remain in forever is destroyed by a storm. Just when we were soaring to the height of our fitness goals, a health challenge presents itself.
We seemed to be on the right course, headed in the right direction. But as soon as we thought we were well under way, we hit a pothole. But delay doesn’t mean that our prayers are not being answered. It doesn’t mean that we have strayed off course. It simply means that we may not arrive when we anticipated. But we will be in our right place, at our right time, in perfect divine order. It means that in order to recognize Mr. Right, we have to first meet Mr. Wrong. It means that in order for us to be directed to the best, God needs to close a few doors first. It means that our manna is flowing to us from channels that we cannot even imagine. It means that there is a better living environment awaiting us. It means that we have to slow down, and listen to our bodies.
We are not only blessed by what we ask for but by the process of its manifestation. The journey blesses us, as well as our final destination. We never are who we were when we set out. We deepen our faith by allowing God to do whatever is necessary to help our dreams take shape. We learn to believe by growing in trust. A detour is not a sign to throw in the towel but a push to move us beyond our comfort zones — to go where we least expected, to reach for something that we never imagined.
Life is a teacher of endless possibilities and a universe of unlimited source. We are connected to infinite channels of good, not merely connected to the one that we had the capacity to imagine. We have to be fooled sometimes, only so we learn not be a fool. We have to be outsmarted, so that we become smart. We have to remain silent, so that we learn when to speak up. Our good may not look as perfect as we anticipated but we aren’t perfect either: whatever or whoever it is — is what or who is perfect for us. Whatever the situation, we cannot stop short of our good just because we are confronted with a challenge.
We need to remember that we are here to co-create with the consciousness that we were born with. God is not just God above, or God as judge, or God as answer, or even simply God as love. God is transformational energy that is constantly creating as us. God is the force that pushes us to the finished line. All we have to do — Tyler Perry was saying — is stay the course!
In Philippians 3:14, Paul said forget what is behind and strain toward what is ahead. Press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called us heavenward in Jesus Christ. He was saying, I’m not there yet, but I am going to stay focused on the power pulling me toward the attainment of my goals. Our desires are from the same spiritual ethers that give us life; they are God’s good seeking us. They awaken us, and they give energy and power and strength to move throughout the universe as Spirit’s infinite seeds of God, waiting to take shape.
We are part of the creative evolution of the universe, called here to not only be the living manifestation of good but to be the continuous flow of good for others. We are the trajectory of God’s creation, and the good that we long for — the things and the people and the desires that we have — are here because the Universe needs us to bring them forth. God doesn’t want us to be deprived of anything.
Our goals are not our own, they are God’s vision of good for us. Our dreams are not our own, they are God’s good transforming us. Even our victory — the prize that we are reaching for — is not our own; it is part of the universal fabric that nurtures God’s soul as us. We are incredible because we are the wind. Nothing stands in the way of our success. Every rock and crevice and stone that we must climb is made of us. We are the living foundation of the door upon which we knock. We stand on the shoulders of so many ancestors that if we really wanted to — we could walk on thin air.
We want a sure thing: we ask for it. Well, Jesus simply says look within. Seek and you will find. Jesus says this again and again, but most profoundly in Luke 17:21 — when he says “the Kingdom of God is within you.” What does that mean? It means that there is the YOU that you see in the flesh, the YOU that is part of the third dimension of texture and form and shape and depth. But there is also the YOU that always present in the unseen world. There is part of YOU that is not subject to the limitations of the physical but is the manifesting energy of the invisible, the unknown, the unattained, and the infinite: that part of YOU realizes its oneness with God.
We are not simply worthy to know God, we are worthy to be the temples of God that we are. Without God, we would not exist; and we exist to give meaning and fulfillment to God’s purpose. So, why are we afraid of not having enough — when God’s storehouse is unlimited?! Give the goodness that is you, and the prophet Malachi says God will open the windows of heaven and pour out such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.
We are the dream that created us. We are the endless possibility that life is breathing into our veins. Our good is God seeking us. Just as much as we want the transformation, our good wants to take shape. Source is flowing from the Kingdom within; all we have to do is connect with it. All we have to do is trust that ultimately Spirit will move us over the rough terrain, up the rocky mountains, and across the deep waters toward our destination — until we look up one day — and find ourselves experiencing not only what we asked for but something soooooooo much better.
Reverend Cecilia Loving
About SPIRITMUV: Spiritmuv® is a trans-denominational church, which means that it transcends the confines of religion and teaches unconditional love for one another regardless of race, creed, culture, or religion. At the heart of its teachings is what Jesus taught — that we love one another, as well as the community that Mahatma Gandhi inspired when he said, “I am a Christian and a Muslim and a Hindu and a Jew.” Reverend Cecilia Loving is the founder and creator of Spiritmuv, which was formed in 2007. Services are held for an hour every Sunday, from 2:30 P.M. to 3:30 P.M. at the Unity Center of NYC, located at 213 West 58th Street.
Rev. Loving, author of Prayers for Those Standing in the Edge of Greatness, is the sole owner, creator and administrator of God is a Brown Girl Too®, which holds annual retreats and workshops. The next God is a Brown Girl Too Retreat will be held April 1-3, 2011, at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center.
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GOD IS A BROWN GIRL TOO®
“CREATING BEYOND THE BOX OF CONVENTIONALITY ” RETREAT
will take place in the Spring of 2011
from April 1 at 5:00 P.M. through April 3 at 1:00 P.M.
Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to enjoy the peace, serenity and creative consciousness of a like-minded group of women of color at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, located at 299 North Highland Avenue, in Ossining, New York. All rooms are single and surrounded by the loving prayers of the Dominican Sisters who own the facility.
The cost of the entire weekend, including rooms, workshops and three delicious meals per day, is only $450.00. There is a $100 discount for senior citizens, so seniors pay $350.00.
Registration has already begun at http://www.godisabrowngirltoo.com/or you can mail payment directly to God is a Brown Girl Too, 376 President Street Unit 2H, Brooklyn, New York 11231. But act fast because rooms are selling and there are now only 13 rooms left.