Developing The Power of Strength, Vol. 3
In this Lenten season, we invite all Truth students to engage in deep self-reflection. For the month of February this year, we have been focusing on developing Strength, one of what we call the Twelve Powers.
I will link an article, from Mary Kupferle, Unity minister and author of God Will See You Through, in which she asks three questions of her readers:
- Do you feel today that your faith is rock-bottom low?
- Do you feel that you cannot hold out another minute in steadily believing that good will come through the experience facing you or someone you love?
- Does it seem that every door is closed, that your path is increasingly difficult?
Eric Butterworth, in his classic work, The Universe Is Calling: Opening To the Divine Through Prayer, explains that the call of the Universe is to "take charge of your life, to release your imprisoned splendor."
You, or someone close to you, may be suffering from unemployment, illness, homelessness, loneliness, depression, or any number of challenges in the human experience. Within you, right now, is the power to overcome any challenge, dissolve any fear, fulfill any need.
We refer to God as Omnipotence - ALL Power. This "All Power" is not limited to physical strength, or human endurance. Consider this: The root structure of the greatest oak tree and of the tiniest weed each have the ability to grow through - and break up - solid rock. How often do we witness a crack in a sidewalk or parking lot with consternation, and how often do we marvel at the magnificence of the force that made that happen? The root structure of plants that, with a certain exertion of force, would be crushed by cement, marble, or granite, rends that same solid mass asunder. What great potential - and such great power - there is within each tiny seed... truly marvelous. The same power lies in you!
Perseverance is defined in Webster's as: "continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition... steadfastness." When we remain steadfast in our faith, knowing that the objective before us may take time to achieve, we overcome in the mental and emotional planes, and we persevere.
In Matthew 28:18, Jesus says, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth." (KJV) Jesus represents the inborn Divine potential within you (The Christ). All Power is given unto the Christ within you, first in Spirit (heaven), then in the physical realm (earth). So, like our friends in the plant world, we too, through our Power of Strength, can grow through our challenges, secure in the knowledge that God Is mightier than circumstance.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote:
"There is guidance for each of us, and by lowly listening we shall hear the right word. Why need you choose so painfully? … Certainly there is a possible right for you that precludes the need of … willful election. For you there is a reality, a fit place... Place yourself in the middle of the stream of power and wisdom which animates all whom it floats, and you are without effort impelled to truth, to right and a perfect contentment."
It is through the utilization and consistent practical application of our spiritual tools that we persevere. "For we walk by faith, not by sight." (2 Corinthians 5:7)
Interestingly enough, you may have seen this, but in science news, the Mars Rover, which was developed and launched by NASA and landed this week, is named Perseverance. It was said that humankind could not explore space, that we would never land on the Moon, but through perseverance, the brave scientists, astronauts, and the "Hidden Figures" within America's story of space exploration, achieved the "impossible."
Know that God Is with you - and within you.
Daryn L. Wells