However, today I have put the trials of yesterday behind me, and although one of the problems continues to be unresolved, in the beauty of the morning , I am at peace and understand that I was given the gift of this challenge in order to see the blessing in it.
The blessing, the gift, that I needed, was to understand at greater depth how fundamentally important patience is in living a spiritual life. You will find in several places on the website where I say part of my mission statement is "To seek the essential keys to living a spiritual life." Patience is an essential key to living a spiritual life!
Also from the website after my mission statement you will find: "We all fall short, but I believe in setting and intention and being assiduous in its pursuit." So here was a gift from life letting me know that I needed to go deeper into my intention to live at peace. Without peace within, how can it be possible to be patient in all circumstances? I may have fallen short, but I am still assiduous in my pursuit. After all living a spiritual life is just that, a
Here is what has come to mind regarding patience:
Just how essential patience is may be seen in the fifth chapter of Galatians as Paul describes the nine qualities for living a spiritual life that he calls - The fruit of the Spirit.
The nine qualities are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Two things to note about the term "the fruit of the Spirit" are, first, fruit is singular. This indicates the nine are actually one quality. They are completely intertwined and inseparable. Second, Spirit is capitalized. This means that these are all characteristics of the Divine nature. These are qualities that are connected to our purpose and give meaning to our lives. They are God qualities. They are essential keys to living a spiritual life.
Yesterday I found myself living on the surface appearnaces of things, allowing my ego to be in charge for a while, before returning to the awareness that I may be at peace and operate from my heart. So this morning as in Exodus 34:6, I am slow to anger. We are always presented with the lessons we need to learn so we may have the opportunity to live the truth we know. We may sometimes fall short - but it is a life-long journey - and we need to be patient with ouselves.
BEHOLD THE LIGHT IN EVERYONE!
(I BEHOLD YOU AS THE DIVINE PRESENCE)