If the only Un-Blog you ever read in your life was the one from yesterday, one might get the impression that the life of a seeker of righteousness is harsh, with God withholding everything to teach us lessons that damage and create misery in our present life in favor of unseen blessings in eternity.
As a matter of fact, I can honestly say that true seekers obtain everything they righteously ask for. Personally, my life is full, as is my heart and soul. Some of these blessings take a long time to materialize, but they do come. I have great faith in these things. What I’m trying to say is that in order to bless us with the things we are righteously seeking, that we must be upgraded in order to be worthy and prepared to receive and rejoice in them. Most often that takes the form of events and happenings that take away the obstacles in our life that were inhibiting our obtaining the blessings we had righteously requested.
Sometimes those cleansing and purifying events take the form of knocking things out of our hands. It can take many years to be able to look back and see that the thing you had lost in that moment would have dramatically slowed, or even stopped the answer to your prayers. In many cases what we sacrificed were pieces of ourselves – pride, selfishness, laziness or even an inability to see the needs of others. Sometimes we lose important relationships, because that person stood as an impassable wall to our progression. Often the purification process takes the form of a dramatic challenge which could only be overcome by complete surrender to the will of God, and faith sufficiently profound to wait and wait for the answer to come.
I think sometimes, that had I been less defective in my life, and with less baggage dragging behind me, perhaps the process and the lessons would have been less dramatic. On the other hand, as I watch life unfold for many people from this blessed Un-Blog perch Jesus Christ has given me, I think that my journey was not so different than everyone else. Especially among the true seekers, and those whose eyes are properly fixed upon great, greater and greatest things, that this theme of growth is ubiquitous.
I am clearly not equipped to say exactly how and why it all works, except to say that all of these apparent losses of life, when viewed as coin paid to purchase the blessings we now possess, and those eternal blessings which, through the eye of faith, we see close at hand, then we are the most blessed of all mortals.
I often read things about how mankind is struggling to learn how to lengthen human life – and I think, I know how it can be done! There is a divine plan whereby I can achieve “Unending life” as a citizen of Zion.
I read stories and see movies about people with unusual abilities, and I think – I know how that works! I know the exact path and price to be one of those who move mountain in the name of Christ, raise the dead and walk upon the waters of mortality!
I read things about how the universe exploded into being, and I think – I know how it is really done! And, one day I fully expect to do it by my own hands.
I read about kings and queens, about palaces and unfathomable wealth, and I think – I will in some future eternal day have instead of wealth, the ability to create worlds and things without number. I think when I have an eternal day off, I might just take a world or two and create the most beautiful formal garden in my own little universe, and include a place for every beautiful thing, waterfall, sunset, lake, mountain, plant or animal, inspired structure and statue, and for art of music and canvas; the finest of which divinely-lit minds can conceive. Then I’ll invite you all for a picnic. We’ll sit by a stream sparkling with the glory of God and eat New York steaks we plucked from a tree, and cheesecake that grew on bushes. Now that will be unfathomable wealth, and it will all seem free, because our part of the bill will have been prepaid in mortality by the lessons we faithfully endured.
Looking forward now, and looking back then, who would not rejoice in a few things being knocked from their hands as a tiny down payment on such an eternity, for which Jesus Christ has already paid the mortgage?
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