“Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.”
~W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming
I woke up early this morning to news of the horrific fiery death of a race-car driver, of bickering politics as usual, of “Occupy” turmoil across America and the globe, and of the President of the United States demagogueing by supporting the Occupy movement.
The pace of frenziness is quickening. Can you feel it too?
As we begin a new week, here’s a calming Thought for the Day.
An excerpt from Michael Brown’s essay on SpiritDaily (the essay itself is adapted from Brown’s The God of Miracles):
God is subtle with His wonders because He always wants to leave room for faith. Look for miracles in the ordinary. See God always and everywhere. Look for the signs that flow with your daily routine and accept the course of events as directed. Remember that when it is God’s timing, there is never frenzy.
Give yourself to Him from the top of your head to the bottom of your toes and the way is set for Him to control the flow. Don’t strive for control yourself. That’s for the intellectuals. Always leave room for God to work. “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the learning of the learned I will set aside,” says 1 Corinthians 1. In 2 Timothy 3:1-7 it mentions those who are “ever learning but are never able to come to a knowledge of the truth.” They seek to view the supernatural through the eyes of the natural. That never works. Christ chooses the humble. Those with humility have lowered themselves so they can exalt God.
In other words, when we try to inject ourselves and our pretensions into our reality, we accomplish the opposite of what we’re looking to accomplish. Keep it simple. Don’t replace humble spirituality with high-flying theological language. Jesus did not wander the countryside with a blackboard, did not cite bylaws, and did not speak in polysyllables (that was for the Pharisees). It’s simplicity that leads to direct communication. Simple requests work wonders, connecting us in a direct way with God….
Trust — and Release to God.