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10 Dec 2002 @ 15:53, by Craig Lang

Reading Shakti's post on the Earth Sanctuary struck a similar chord within me. I awoke this morning with the sense of not being able to see where the next step was.

The most meaningful metaphor I have heard yet, for ones life path is the concept of following the breadcrumbs. The trail will lead you to where God wants you to go. God alone knows how you will fulfill your life purpose, and destiny. Yet today, when awakening, I realized that I was not able to even guess where the next breadcrumb might be. How could I begin to get there? Is it close? Is it far? Does it even exist? Or even, did the birds eat it? There was the sense that life's path is taking me square into a brick wall. The dream that seems so clear on most days, today seemed to be a distant mirage. Somehow, the road had dead ended. Or had it?

As I got ready to go to work, and as I did my morning moment of meditation, What I was reminded of again is that which I am often reminded of during prayer, meditation, and in the events around me. And this is to know that the time when things look their bleakest can be the very time when the hope can be the brightest.

In the Bible is a statement that "Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). And on those days when the next step in the road seems to be far away - when the road seems to go nowhere - it is only faith that keeps us moving.

Shakti speaks of persevering through thick and thin (I won't say what the thick and thin material was...). The highest compliment I could possibly pay her is to simply echo what she says. And sometimes it is only faith - the belief in the dream, hope for that which is not seen - that enables us to continue.

In the end - Faith Manages


CL Note 12/10/2002 21:45 CST - Added a post-script about living in the NOW. Check out "More", below...

Later on in the evening, I remembered some excerpts I had read in the past couple of days, from Eckhardt Tolle's book "The Power of Now". The gist of the message was that we live NOW, not in the future, and not in the past. And likewise, God with us NOW, for all time.

And so I wonder if this is why the breadcrumbs are not as visible this time. Perhaps it is a lesson in NOW.

Hope is wonderful - the belief in things not seen. The faith that in the future God will be there for us. Similarly, Memory is a wonderful gift. It allows us to remember how God was there for us in the past, whether or not we understood it or understand it now.

Yet, of all time, NOW is when we are. One can never be sure of tomorrow, and one can never change the past, but we can and must interact with the world - NOW. And so I think that one of the biggest messages of all the faiths is that of the present moment. This is the day that God has made.

God is with you and within you - be here, NOW.


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10 Dec 2002 @ 16:14 by martha : the flow of breadcrumbs
Being in the flow of life is...frustrating sometimes. I have felt it and experienced it and get annoyed when I'm out of step.  

10 Dec 2002 @ 19:48 by craiglang : Hi Martha
What I thought about later was one of the key messages of many meditative traditions - to be here now...
Yet, it is still difficult when the birds eat the breadcrumbs... 8^)  

10 Dec 2002 @ 20:03 by martha : be here now
One of my favorite books back in the 1970's.

Sometimes the breadcrumbs are people who know better, slip and than sidetrack me (which I allow). They are out of flow sometimes and bring up the most distracting stuff like connecting the words Jesus and hate. Or leave wet towels on the floor. These are the kinds of breadcrumbs that of course can also lead me back to flow.  

10 Dec 2002 @ 21:23 by spiritseek : Days like that...
come and go but always seem to be at a certain junction in life. That period where everything just stands still, no movement ahead or drop behind, just nothing. Then low and behold something happens to kick start that rolling confusion and chaos and there we go again. LIFE LEARNING AND LOVE  

11 Dec 2002 @ 12:25 by shawa : Memory of God and Faith...
... can be the bridges between two NOW moments when God seems to have disappeared. :-) I think God never loses sight of us, but we get distracted...  

11 Dec 2002 @ 15:15 by martha : days like this
spiritseek reminded me of a Van Morrison song called "Days like this" off of the album with the same name.

When it's not always raining there'll be days like this

When there's no one complaining there'll be days like this
Everything falls into phase like the flick of a switch
Well my momma told me there'll be days like this

When you don't need to worry there'll be days like this
When no one's in a hurry there'll be days like this
When you don't get betrayed by that old Judas kiss
Oh my momma told me there'll be days like this

When you don't need an answer there'll be days like this
When you don't meet a chancer there'll be days like this
When all the parts of the puzzle start to look like they fit
Then I must remember there'll be days like this

When everyone is upfront and they're not playing tricks
When you don't have no freeloaders out to get their kicks in
When it's nobody's business the way that you wanna live
I just have to remember there'll be days like this

When no one steps on my dreams there'll be days like this
When people understand what I mean there'll be days like this
When you bring out the changes of how everything is
Well my momma told me there'll be days like this

Oh my momma told me there'll be days like this
Well my momma told me there'll be days like this
Oh my momma told me there'll be days like this
Oh my momma told me there'll be days like this  

12 Dec 2002 @ 14:47 by sharie : Faith is the substance...
Thanks for the post, and the quote.

I was raised on a different translation on the biblical topic of faith. I was taught the verse is, "Faith is the *substance* of things hoped for..." which means that our *faith* - our mind's *power* - is the *substance* that brings our hopes into our reality.

There are so many different realities here on this earth I don't doubt it for a moment. What do we wish for?

Must we consider the wishes of our brothers who want for power over others?

Or shall we believe that what they are wishing for will have no effect on us, our brothers and sisters, or our Mother Earth?

I think we should confront what is going on. And then hold strong in our faith in all that is good.

Thank you for this topic.  

12 Dec 2002 @ 15:42 by craiglang : Interesting take on this...
Thank you for a different take on this. What version is it that has "Faith is the *substance* of things hoped for..." I would love to study that a bit more. I would bet that there are a number of other interesting differences as well. Can you elaborate on that a bit more? I would love to understand that view of it better.

The translation I used was the NIV. Unfortunately I can't read Greek, so it's a bit difficult for me to actually understand the source material. I suspect that there is some interesting context there that I don't understand (yet).

Thank you for that bit of insight. This is fascinating...

26 Dec 2002 @ 15:41 by sharie : "Faith is ... the evidence not seen"
Sorry it took so long to get back to you. I just found your comment here today.

Here's a website that says Faith is *God*:

This one says "Faith is Power":

On a personal note, I decided to buy a house this summer and needed $25,000.
The seller had already accepted an offer from someone else. But I had *faith*. I asked my friends to pray for me to get $25,000 (some burst out laughing). I went to online prayer request websites to get back-up help, and I had a long talk with God and the Universe. Even though someone else had an accepted offer on the house, my daughters and I were going to the property to pull weeds :)
The buyer backed out and the $25,000 manifested from a complete stranger who was only in town for a few days. I had nothing but *faith*.  

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