March 4, 2019 by Kgalalelo
I took my children to Bingo night at school on Friday, 1 March 2019. My eldest is now twelve and the youngest will turn nine in June. I had never played bingo before and from what I have seen in the movies, it seemed to be a game for the elderly. Now that I supported the school’s marketing initiatives as we had to pay per ticket to get in, I enjoyed it a lot. It is a fun-filled family game and though it might be adored by the senior citizens and keep them busy especially in old-age homes, I welcome myself into the club of bingo lovers.
The kids loved it too because it is so easy to play and my youngest daughter won a price, a pair of expensive headphones. I couldn’t believe it when she shouted “bingo!” and nearly stopped her from claiming her price but when I looked at her board, indeed she had all horizontal matching numbers. She then jumped on her feet to collect her price. It was hilarious. I can’t wait to see the photos in the school’s magazine.
The last time I went out with my children to a school activity it was exactly a month ago, on February, the first; how ironic. It was a movie night and we watched an animated film called Incredibles 2. Perhaps, it was a good sign that every month, we need to do something together. So far, these haven’t been the type of activities that my husband preferred and so for the sake of the kids, mommy took them because friends would be there and the activity becomes more about seeing friends than anything else. I guess it’s a kid thing. I also get to spend time with some of the mothers I know at school.
When I ponder and observe all of this, I smile realising that I am a grown-up and walking the same path that my parents walked. It shows that time flies and not so long ago I was a teenager in high school living with my parents who were a bit strict and then proceeded to university and began to navigate the work environment shortly after and now have a family of my own and I am doing exactly what my parents used to do, chores, work and focus on the children.
No wonder some people experience mid-life crisis and begin to ask themselves “is this all that life is all about?”. Is it really! That is the question. Are we here on earth to be born, grow up, be parented, get the education, the job, the spouse, have children ourselves and watch them grow up as well and navigate life the way that we did and later on in our old age, die? Is this all that life is all about honestly? It seems like it on the outside. This is how countless generations have lived.
I lost two of my uncles last year and they lived exactly the same way, making a living and raising their children, ensuring that they had the right education to make a living for themselves, see their children marry and have children also and then enjoy the grandchildren and the last thing, die! Is this the cycle or the circle of life?
It’s a tough question to answer for most of us, however, it cannot be answered effectively without placing God in the middle, the Creator of life itself and of humanity. If we go into the bible, right at the beginning in Genesis, God created the heavens and the earth and then every other thing, creatures of the earth and the sea and then created man. He created all of these for Himself. He saw it necessary to, that’s why He created and gave man who was the last creature to be created, everything that God created. This is called unconditional love.
We read in Genesis 1: 27-28 “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Clearly, from the scripture above when God created for Himself everything He did and then created man in His own image and likeness, He gave man power to create as well and to rule. We reproduce after ourselves by having children and perhaps before the fall of man from grace as the bible is silent on this, children were created by speaking the word as God did everything else. When God said be fruitful and increase in number, it was just that, bam! and there was multiplication of humans.
Life is there to make of it whatever we please in line with God’s Will. There is so much to be done besides the template that we all have been given by our societies i.e. be born, kindergarten, school, university, work, marry, have kids, raise them, retire and later on die. There is one thing that is meant to give us all fulfilment no matter whether we have these things or not and that is our relationship with God.
Our relationship with God is at the centre of it all because when you have that communion constantly and plugged into the source of life, you literally don’t need anything. Your needs, wants, wishes or desires are automatically fulfilled in that One relationship. This is the greatest relationship you could have in your life. It is the relationship that requires very little unlike our human ones which are filled with expectations.
Things happen automatically when you are unified with God and are conscious of His presence 24/7. I think this should be the core of our prayers and meditation, to be consciously aware of the presence of God with us and our divinity and the relationship that we have with Him. When you come to this point, everything sorts itself out. There is no worry and anxiety about things because you are One with God. His mind is your mind and your mind is His. There is a correlation, God’s Will is your will and your will is God’s. This is how Jesus lived and what He came to illustrate to us.
He says in John 5: 19-20 says “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed”. Jesus’ mind was fully aligned to the Mind of God, He was One with the Father and the Father was One with Him. “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30).
Everything that Jesus did, because He was merged with the Father, was done from the Father. There was a symbiosis, He didn’t have to sit and think, what do I do next. The Father impressed into His consciousness the assignment for the day and He knew the assignments for the month and for the time He spent in embodiment.
When Adam was created, because He was constantly in the presence of God and knew nothing else, things just happened mechanically, therefore, there was no stressing about anything. It was only when He ate of the fruit of good and evil that concern came into being. When you are in God, you are concerned about nothing because you know there is no way that provision won’t come and because God’s will is your will, God provides for what He calls forth. He is unlimited and pulls resources from His own warehouse.
We are encouraged to submerge and saturate ourselves with God to receive complete fulfilment. In that way, the question “what is life all about” becomes unnecessary. We don’t have to ask it because there will not be a need. The question emanates from the mentality of separation. In true fact, we are not separate, we are One with God as Jesus was and came to earth to teach us because God never goes anywhere. God Is. We go astray like lost sheep and the voice of the shepherd is always calling us home in the direction of Himself (John 10:27-30).
When we are merged, all questions cease to exist. We live day to day knowing that tomorrow is already taken care of as Jesus said. He urged us not to worry about our lives, what we will eat, drink or wear because life is more than that. Life is more than raising kids, working and retiring and even when the physical body merges with the ground, the spirit which is our true selves, reunites with the Creator. It goes back to where it comes from, God.
Worries are in the body and the body belongs to the earth, the ground, the dust that it was formed from. God cursed the ground when Adam and Eve lost sight of His presence. He did not curse the spirit that He breathed into the nostrils of Adam because it is His Spirit. He breathed Himself into Adam, the body, to animate it. So, the Spirit will always return to Him.
So, Jesus having all this knowledge says “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:25-34). Jesus knew the consciousness of the people and what they would be worrying about the next day. He tried to make it easy for them by preaching to them because they were stiff-necked people. Their ears and hearts were uncircumcised (Acts 7:51). They hardened their hearts to the Holy Spirit and resisted transformation.
When you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, you are seeking submergence and when you are immersed in God, then everything happens on its own, hence the drop of the ocean has the same properties as the ocean and when you pour it back into the ocean, it reunites and becomes one with the ocean from whence it came from.
When we remember who we are, that we are “gods” (John 10:34) because we have been made in the image and likeness of God having similar properties, and living from that vantage point, then we are living in alignment with God and scripture comes to life as in Psalm 91 which says,
“He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;” (Psalm 91: 1-4).
The scripture becomes so on its own because you are One with God. There’s nothing else but God and no thing can attack God. He is Sovereign and He is the Supreme. The only job on earth becomes one of worshipping, praising, thanking and appreciating Him saying,
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelations 4:8).
And all creation will bow down and say,
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.” (Revelations 4:11).
Life becomes abundant on its own and there’s no shortage of what to do or the question “what do I do next” because God makes it happen involuntary. You make the right turns on the road always and enjoy everyday life as it shows up because goodness, enjoyment and fulfillment become all there is.
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™
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