I always feel a deep gratitude for the time I am blessed to spend with spiritual people. And God always delivers what I need.
Today I was struck by a moment of realization that I wanted to share. The understanding that happened for me reflects back to reading I am doing from A Course In Miracles.
Sin is often described as the separation from God. Our separation from our creator, our Father. And it came to me in real form an example for explanation from God.
I have friends in the Amish community whom I occasionally drive from place to place, especially in inclement weather. This morning I picked up a friend and in the course of our travelling we talked about God as we often do. Peaceful. They are making Christmas Falls for doors and decorations. And so my van was filled with pine, eucalyptus and evergreen, a delicious smell. We dropped the boughs off in the shed where they are making the decorations and Mary said she would walk to the house but asked if I didn’t mind driving the children around as they are small.
Often when I drive for Mary, she will leave the children with me in the vehicle and we stay and wait for her, especially if she’s running into the grocery store. Most times, the children are really good, the occasional concern especially if they are not feeling well about where she is going but otherwise they are content. Often I will sing to them and they love this, because their mother does the same and they feel the comfort from it.
So today when she asked me to drive around I thought nothing of it and was more than happy to help her in that way. So I started to back up. And with backing up the wailing started from her eldest in the back car seat. And with that the realization came. Separation from our creator causes misery.
We are children of God, we are his creation. Separation or sin is our vehicle that take us away from God. But the separation is painful and we no different than this beautiful child cry out in our separation. We cry out not only emotionally but we cry out because there is discomfort in separation from our creator or maker. Children know this inherently.
“God is lonely without his Souls, and they are lonely without Him.” ACIM T. Ch2.III.5.11
In separation comes fear, hurt, sadness and loneliness, and yet we do this to ourselves often on a daily basis, sometimes more frequently than that. We are part of God and God part of us, no different than the little child this morning, our separation from God and God’s will for us, causes fear. Because God is in us and a part of us going against his will for us in what is good and what is holy.
“All real pleasure comes from doing God’s Will. This is because not doing it is a denial of Self.” ACIM T. Ch1.VII.1.4-6
As soon as little Emily realized that she could see her mother she began to calm down, as soon as she could clearly see her mother through an open door she became calmer, and at the touch of her hand peace came.
And so it is with us and the God of our understanding.