Paul has an enthusiasm for exploring the world of faith and spiritual well being, which he wishes to share through all that he writes.
Seek and you shall find."
I am a seeker. But what is it I seek? I think a little beauty, along with some peace and joy, may fit the bill, and I am looking for the wisdom needed to recognize these things or, at least, the path that will lead me to them. Perhaps what I am really seeking is to better know the higher power that is called God. The bit of wisdom I already possess tells me that I will find that which I seek. I turn to the books of wisdom and find that more will come my way when I understand, "what is right and just and fair - every good path." (Proverbs 2:9-10) On this path, wisdom will enter my heart and knowledge will be pleasant to my soul. I read that God, "has made everything beautiful in its time." (Ecclesiastes 3:11), and "that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil - this is the gift of God." (Ecclesiastes 3:12) From all this, I get a glimpse of what beauty, peace, and joy are all about. They are gifts, they are good, and they are of God.
It looks like I may have found some of what I have been seeking. but there are times when all this good stuff seems to be eluding me, times when I am physically or emotionally down, times during which I may become angry or impatient. It appears that God is hiding. But I know this cannot be. So I let go. I become quiet. I become still. I find that in my impatience, I am the one who is hiding, resisting the always present wisdom that joy is always flowing, and that beauty is always around me. I find that I am being sought by these things, as we all are.
Beauty seeks us; joy wants us; wisdom is knocking on our doors. Peace wants to be. I stop seeking these things as to possess them, and instead, I surrender as to receive them. And perhaps a little wisdom does enter my heart, as my soul feels the pleasantness of some new found understanding.
Every Good Path
Every good path is any one containing the footsteps of loving people. Not all believe in a higher power. Many believe without thinking about it very often, and there are those who think about God all the time. The world is full of diverse cultures that follow different spiritual paths towards wisdom, and they all walk the good path when they have goodness and love in their hearts.
There are people who do good works through science and medicine with or without believing in a higher power, and there are those who explore the physical world from the expanse of the cosmos to the tiny sub atomic world, some who do so without an inclination to a power, while others see a deep connection.There are individuals who do not believe in the existence of any god in an absolute sense, yet they are still able to be compassionate and caring; they walk the good walk with a strong sense of humanity. There are those who find spirituality in the beauty and wonder of nature, having a true caring for life on our planet.
There are those who follow God's commandments without being able to name them. And those whose main purpose in life is to provide for their families; they toil for them and find satisfaction. They play with their children and work on their homes, while also being able to catch a ballgame or two. With good hearts they walk the good path, partaking in the wisdom of tradition and celebration. Life is good.
I have found a bit of wisdom, seen some beauty, and felt the joy. And when I am still, I feel the peace. I still feel at times that something may be eluding me. I just may be avoiding something else that I seek, and that is forgiveness and healing.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
— Matthew 11: 29-30
I read the words of Jesus, and surrender further. I surrender to Jesus and His healing and forgiving ways. I surrender because I am surrounded. I am surrounded by love. I am surrounded by Christ. I surrender and become a prisoner. I become a prisoner of peace, a prisoner of freedom. I surrender to Christ and pass along all the love that I have received, sharing the blessings, and I acknowledging the blessings of others. I do this by being as kind and forgiving as I can. And I am forever thankful.
There may be times when I falter. I begin to judge others, perhaps feeling a bit above those who just don't get it. But these feelings are distractions, so much so, that I begin to lose my way, finding myself walking into doors or tripping over roots. So I stop. I pick myself up, brush myself off, and remove the wood from my eyes, as I continue on my way, seeing more clearly. And as I rise, I catch a glimpse of a man who has a withered hand; he is also a leper; he cannot see. He is lame and cannot make his way into the healing pools. I see this man and realize that there is no reason to believe that I cannot be healed by him. By this I am humbled.
Wisdom leaves no room for excessive pride or arrogance, but plenty of room for humility and gratitude. The more I feel these things, the closer to God I feel, which in turn increases the humility and gratitude in me'
So I continue my seeking; I wonder and contemplate. I move with humility, surrendering at every step, discovering that beauty, peace and joy are just parts of God's love that is to be received and then given away. I seek and I find. Finding is receiving. Finding is giving. Finding is being thankful.
I now return to the wisdom books and read that God has "set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end." (Ecclesiastes 3:11) The journey continues because there is no limit to what can be found, no limit to what can be received. God's goodness and love is eternal.
I am a seeker.
All Bible passages are from the New International Version.
This article reflects my own thoughts concerning these passages and does not intend to conflict with any traditional views, or any beliefs based on them.
© 2013 Paul K Francis