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Miracles are most often the result of the absence of doubt.
I can see clearly now the rain is gone
Stay the course without doubt.
Too often I let doubt drag me down. It goes a little something like this: “Ok what if they say no” then it turns to anxiety “what if I do it wrong and get into trouble” then I do not do it and it turns into “I am worthless”.
So I had an exchange with a best buddy yesterday. It went something like this: How are you? Your daily writing makes it seem like you have your stuff together real well. So how are you Really?
Now that is a very good friend, I am just lucky that he is also, my number one son. The beauty and true power of the question is wonderful. Brooks knows enough about me to know I may put on airs of doing great when in reality I may easily be in torment. And he was right to ask. I do not like changes and I am going through some changes and it makes me edgy and anxious. He is the one who took the picture to the side. I really love that guy and one reason is that he never doubts me, or at least he hides it, and that raises my confidence. The power he gives me is to remove doubt.
But here is the real wonder of his questions. When I write it is part of scripture and literature reading that begins my day. There is some meditation and always prayer. The writing reflects my being in close contact with my Lord, without distraction, and it is a time without doubt. Very sorry to report that shortly after writing my focus often waivers and doubt is thrust upon me by events of the world. Sound familiar?
One time I watched this seeming moron kick, hit and throw his shoulder into a door. It would not budge. I scoffed at him. He said it just has to open. After another five minutes of this, the door opened, and some asked what all the racket was. The man had faith, I will give him that.
I heard a funny line once by someone criticizing a preacher: “So who told you, you could walk on water?
Well we all can do amazing things when we are focused and without doubt.
A story like the one below can be found in most cultures and religion. This one is perfect. Man as soon it got a little hairy he lost his faith and began to sink.
Mathew 14: 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” He said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
We all have doubts; the trick is not letting them distract us from the miracles at hand.
Life is a dance, it is your choice to dance or not.
You need not find or discover your own miracles. You only have to open your eyes.I was hiking in a very deep desert part of the north rim of the grand canyon. I looked down and to my amazement I found a half dollar sized Nautilus type shell. It was at least 120 degrees out. The rockscape was around Paleozoic period. The shell was just beautiful. At first I thought it was a shell as old as a million years old, when water was in the area. That would have truly been a miracle. But as I studied the shell and the area. I realized that some species of snails can live in this harsh harsh environment. Now that is a miracle. I hope you live well in our controlled environment.