“Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delights.” (Psalms 119: 143)
The Principle of God is not only our rock in a storm, but is our joy, our treasure, our pleasure. We may seem at times to be battered by material life, worn out by worries, torn apart with doubts, and yet right there with us is our refuge. Our obedience to and love of God and His law keeps us safe and sane. It sustains us through the darkness and shows us that the dawn is always nearer than we believed.
As we continue to practice what we know, to love the Truth that has come to our experience, and to remain obedient to the good and the right, we are living God’s ideal. And so we are our own saving grace. We can see this firm and unbending law of Life not as a burden in our times of anguish, but as our safety, serenity, and happiness. This law is rock solid to stand on, but it is Love itself, so it is also a comfort, an embrace, a sanctuary.
We can also recognize that the commandments of God, our duties, and His unwavering goodness, is our opportunity to continue rejoicing in spite of the sense of evil, the belief in another power opposed to perfect good. God’s laws are the laws of Life, and they allow, even require us to dance, to laugh, to live. Why? Because these very laws remind us that Life is God, hence already perfect, whole, worth celebrating. And so we live and love ourselves forward and out of the storm, rather than standing transfixed in the downpour, forgetting that we are free.
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