This morning, I got up from my mat and walked. And God revealed a universe so remarkable, it was as though I had climbed through Alice’s looking glass. Just like Jesus told the man who had been lying by the pool of Bethesda for 38 years, I got up from my mat and experienced the beauty of wholeness that was right in my midst. It was as though I had put a foot in the healing water and then found myself wading knee-deep as the angels stirred in purpose, potential and endless possibility. All I had to do was get up from my mat of anticipation, and open my heart to receive the absolute good that is always awaiting us.
I walked the streets uphill to Prospect Park, and the sweetness of the sun anointed my face. I walked the wooden climb of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the symmetry of holy wings suspended me in a heavenly embrace. I walked the upward path through the open arms of the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, and in the blink of an eye, I saw spring kissing winter good-bye. In the Gardens, I went through opened arms to an oasis of beauty, serenity and squirrels on a spirit-filled mission of their own. I walked uphill and downhill with anticipation of new life awakening with springtime, while summer lounged between moss-filled cracks, sleeping patiently.
I walked right outside of the box containing who I once was — magically opening to who I know I AM — weeding out fear and doubt, pulling beyond conventionality, pushing past the ordinary to the extraordinary energy of God. I walked, baptized by fresh breezes; transformed by choirs of birds; sanctified by swaying trees. It was as though I could hear Jesus saying, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Get up from your contentment. Get up from your misery. Get up from your resentment. Get up from your jealousy. Get up from your pain. Be bold enough to step into the present moment. Enjoy the now. Release the past. Celebrate the awakening of a new season in your life.
Walk away from who you used to be. Walk away from your old stories, and sow a new one. Walk away from what you wished, or ought, or should, or would have done — and reap the salvation of what you are doing. Walk away from laziness and procrastination and seize the day to begin again. Walk away from the boundaries of your self-imposed limitations, and renew your soul with the unlimited power of Spirit.
Walk and see the seeds of prayers wiggling through shoots of green. Walk and see daffodils dancing praises of deliverance. Walk and see God painting the landscape with new expectations of tulips and hyacinths and lavender, narcissus, honeysuckle, azaleas, and lilies — all awaiting their bloom. Walk and see the spaces where the fragrance of roses will ride the air, bless loving kisses, and witness.
Walk between the gaps of time where the Holy Ghost goes before you and awakens the glory of success. Walk before the hopes that ignite the wind and spread the ideas that create, and bless, and are never seen again. Days gone by have no space to hold the breath of infinite promises. We cannot find the future in the past. The best that we can possibly do is be liberated by the truth that nothing stays the same.
Freedom is the air. The Hybrid Oak knows it, and reaches its arms out in hallelujahs. The Cypress knows it, and bends its branches in humble prayer. The Shingle Oak knows it, and stands above the others in high praise. Again and again and again, they welcome us as though they have come to the altar for the first time.
Walking in springtime is a meditation, an anointing, a shout, and a clap. Come. There is deliverance in the healing pool. The angels of nature will stir the waters of your salvation. All you have to do is take the time to see — really see God’s glory.
Reverend Cecilia Loving
Pastor, SPIRITMUV (www.spiritmuv.com )
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