Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

Have you ever looked at a situation

and after awhile see the same problem

with a new understanding?

 

 

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion’s guest room.

Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it.

When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied,“Things aren’t always what they seem.”

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife.

After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angel sleep in their bed where they could have a good night’s rest.

When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field.

The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel how could you have let this happen?”

The first man had everything, yet you helped him“, she accused.“The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die.”

Things aren’t always what they seem,” the older angel replied.

When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall.

Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune,I sealed the wall so he wouldn’t find it.

Then last night as we slept in the farmer’s bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead.

Things aren’t always what they seem.

Discovering Yourself

Scientists of the twentieth century discovered that the entire visible universe consists of matter-energy.

All matter, including our bodies and our planet, may convert to energy and vice versa.

All forces arise through the interaction of matter-energies. No surprise, then, that the matter-energies within us determine the quality of our inner life.

Just as we cannot see electromagnetic or gravitational energy, but only the results of their action, so too we cannot measure or objectify inner energies, but we can experience their action directly.

For this we need an acquired taste, a comprehension of what to look for, and a gradual refinement of our perceptions.

The understanding of energies brings crucial support to our spiritual path, because energies provide the fuel, the light for all our experiences.

To what degree are you aware of your body, your thoughts, and your emotions?

Do you perceive other people as people, in the same sense that you are a person?

Are you aware of your own presence of being here in this moment? Are you aware of the Divine presence, when you are discovering yourself?

These perceptual states and abilities change throughout the day and even more over the years.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies with-in usOliver Holmes

You Can Discover Your True Self

Over a hundred years ago, in a Scottish seaside inn, a group of fishermen were relaxing after a long day at sea. 

As a serving maid was walking past the fishermen’s table with a pot of tea, one of the men made a sweeping gesture to describe the size of the fish he claimed to have caught. 

His hand collided with the teapot and sent it crashing against the whitewashed wall, where its contents left an irregular brown splotch.

Standing nearby, the innkeeper surveyed the damage.  “That stain will never come out,” he said in dismay.  “The whole wall will have to be repainted.” 

“Perhaps not.”  All eyes turned to the stranger who had just spoken. 

“What do you mean?” asked the innkeeper. 

“Let me work with the stain,” said the stranger, standing up from his table in the corner.  “If my work meets your approval, you won’t need to repaint the wall.”

The stranger picked up a box and went to the wall.  Opening the box, he withdrew pencils, brushes, and some glass jars of linseed oil and pigment.

He began to sketch lines around the stain and fill it in here and there with dabs of color and swashes of shading.  Soon a picture began to emerge.

The random splashes of tea had been turned into the image of a stag with a magnificent rack of antlers.  At the bottom of the picture, the man inscribed his signature.  Then he paid for his meal and left.stag manleygallery.com

The innkeeper was stunned when he examined the wall. “Do you know who that man was?” he said in amazement. “The signature reads E.H. Landseer!”

Indeed, they had been visited by the well-known painter of wild life,Sir Edwin Landseer. 

Edwin Landseer was able to see the possibility of beauty in a stained wall.

Don’t limit yourself by the mindset you bring to a situation.

Can you let yourself see benefits from what has taken place?

Can you see the possibilities of growth from your past experience?

By living in grace and forgiveness rather than guilt and failure, you can you discover your true self.

God wants to take the stains and disappointments of your life and not merely erase them, but rather turn them into a thing of beauty.

 

Be a Miracle

Jerry

 

lemon ,picture of stag 

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