I like to look out from the house into and over the back yard. There use to be a mass of trees and the light glistened off the leaves in many marvelous shades of green. Many magical glorious moments were spent looking at the beauty of the vast array of shades of color. Alas just before autumn, a neighbor removed one of their big pine trees along with some others and I no longer have the mass of green colors and bursts of light streaming through to my modest abode. Looking beyond the past of distant memories of fond delights a new beauty has been found.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.”
“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is a thirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
I woke up to a wonderful morning, stretched and rose to a new day. I opened the back sliding door to take a look outside and the morning that was greeting me. My eyes first glazed upon a lone lily standing tall in the left far corner of the yard. It’s beauty stopped me motionless. It stood a awe of everything else. A lovely straight stem with one large perfect looking trumpet lily glistening with morning dew. It was so magnificent that my first thought was only of its beauty. “Wouldn’t it be lovely to share” as I imagined myself cutting it off at the stem and taking it into work to show others so they too could appreciate the moment I had enjoyed upon its first glance.
I then pondered how it wouldn’t last long being cut off from where it belongs – that others may not see the beauty I see – that I would be separating it from it’s roots and in turn – in a way – adulterating it’s beauty. An angel thought then came “The Truth cannot be adulterated”. Wow what a wonderful thought – a lesson from a simple lily in my own backyard.
I scanned the backyard, (what looks like a junk yard) and considered the apparent chaos – and turning my gaze back to the Lily, standing in all its glory, I knew it was totally unadulterated by it’s apparent surroundings, glistering as white as ever it the beauty of the morning. It occurred to me that as ‘God is a Spirit and we must worship him in spirit and in truth’ – from the sense of where we are at in our search for Truth, not from the sense material. That simple inspiration of the lily reminded me that the kingdom, beauty, and love of God reigns ‘in earth as it is in heaven’ now as always. We just have to pause for a moment, stop, look and listen for it – and sure enough we will find beauty, purity and innocence.
The lily out there in the backyard reminded me of Christ representing purity, and innocence. The valley (backyard in this case) with its apparent discord and chaos being of total insignificance when compared to the beauty and purity of Gods ‘everlasting arms of love’ – a beacon shining in the wilderness – this gorgeous lily shining out in all this mess!
Lily bulbs multiple – they naturally multiple and multiple – overcoming weeds and filling up all waste space. Of course that means that if the backyard becomes so full of lilies then weeds won’t get the opportunity to grow.
‘It matters not ‘what be thy lot – so love doth guide, through storm or shine, pure peace is thine, whatever be-tide”. I look at the messy backyard – I look back at the lily – “O dreamer, leave thy dreams for joyful waking, O captive rise and sing, for thou art free; The Christ is here, all dreams of error breaking, Unloosing bonds of all captivity.” Unloosing bonds of all mortal carnal sense, of bondage and captivity in materialism and finding freedom from the shackles of human woes and wants.
‘And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.’ In order to see the true nature and reality of God’s creating one must ‘put on the mind of Christ’. “The robes of Spirit are “white and glistering”, like the raiment of Christ. Even in this world, therefore, “let thy garments be always white.”
‘Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works. Let thy garments be always white; and let thy head lack no ointment. And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.’
‘But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God. And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistening.” “I counsel thee to of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes… For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.’
“Blessed is the man that en‐dureth [overcometh] temptation: for when he is tried, [proved faithful], he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” And he shall find himself clothed ‘in the canopy of love, hid in Christ’ and as such temptation shall not reach him. Purified in Christ we are protected from attacks of error of every sort, even the supposed mist and dreams of materialism its elements and its misunderstandings, of spiritualism, mesmerism, hypnotism, even hatred, hurt and revenge. “Good thoughts are an impervious armor; clad therewith you are completely shielded from the attacks of error of every sort.”
“Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I. Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.”
“Jesus of Nazareth taught and demonstrated man’s oneness with the Father, and for this we owe him endless homage. His mission was both individual and collective. He did life’s work aright not only in justice to himself, but in mercy to mortals, — to show them how to do theirs, but not to do it for them nor to relieve them of a single responsibility. Jesus bore our infirmities; he knew the error of mortal belief, and “with his stripes [the rejection of error] we are healed.” To the flesh sin and false beliefs die daily, as we tread the path of righteousness – removing every stripe of error until the high mountain peak of Christ, Truth and Love is reached. Every carnal moral belief must be eradicated if we are to follow in Jesus footsteps. “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” By following his example, being obedient to the precepts he taught truth is revealed and freedom from bondage – sin, false appetites, sickness, illness, death and the grave found, the life that is Christ, spiritual understanding rising us above false sense into the glorious wonders of ‘a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea’ is a real possibility here now on earth.
‘Jesus said of ‘my self I can do nothing’. ‘The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free” – “if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you”bide in thee”
“For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.””if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.””whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it,””all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts:”.
Ecclesiastes 3; 9:7-8, Luke 9: 23-, 12:46, 48, Corinthians 22-24, 31, 1 Corinthians 2:14, 2 Corinthians 4:3-5, 13:8; Galatians 4:31, John 5:30, 14:6, Matthew 27-29, Philippians 1:27, Revelation 2:23, 3:18, 21:1, 6, Romans 8:9, CS Hymns 53, 160, 412, My. 210:7, SH 18, 20:14, 256