I am so disappointed when I hear that a Truth teacher is having health challenges. Why do enlightened students and teachers of Truth still get sick and have problems?
Did You Believe This Too?
Most so-called “students of Truth” think all their problems will be solved once they realize God is All. No more sickness. No more sadness. No more stormy relationships. Realization, they believe, zaps away problems forever, and life trips merrily along amid rainbows and rose-strewn pathways. Not so!
Here’s the truth. After realizing God is All (and not merely reading and saying the words), problems pop up, but they don’t alarm. Problems no longer mean what they did before. Yes, it may cause you to totter, but they won’t floor you. Why? Because you understand the marvelous significance of the problem.
Flashcards To The Rescue
During your school days, did you ever study with flashcards? These were cards with a word or question on the face of the card. The other side had the definition or answer. You tested your knowledge of a subject by going through the flashcards.
Imagine you are studying for a French vocabulary exam. There are 15 flashcards. As you go through the flashcards, you nail 13 of them with the correct answers. However, you struggled with the last two answers. That’s okay. The “magic” of flashcards is they reveal gaps in your knowledge of a given subject. That’s all. Now, all you need to do is close the gaps.
Closing The Gap
For the enlightened students (and teachers) of Truth, problems are like flashcards: They reveal seeming gaps in their knowledge of God’s Allness. After the gap is revealed, the student goes about the business of closing the gap.
One way of closing the gap is with a simple prayer like this, “God, reveal the Truth that is most important for me to know.” Then it’s listening – expectantly – for that Truth.
Some see problems as devastating blows to their happiness and well-being. That’s because they see the problem as a real power – even a real presence. The enlightened student of Truth sees the problem and thinks, “I know this problem seems real, but only God’s Presence is real. I’m grateful for this opportunity to close this gap in my knowledge of God.” Then, they pray the gap-closing prayer in the previous paragraph.
Few And Far Between
Do we ever reach a point where there are no more problems? I believe we can. More specifically, I know that you do experience long stretches of problem-free living. As the seeming gaps close, the stretches get longer and longer. Rather than a life strewn with troubles, it’s more like rose-strewn pathways under rainbows in the sky.