Scarlet Ribbons

January 2014

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“Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.  Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.” (Psalm 37:3-5; New King James Bible Version (NKJV).

“The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you.” (Jeremiah 31:3; NKJV). 

Here we are again, at the beginning of a new year, promising new habits and maybe ending a few old ones.  Each new year allows us to take this mental pause and start things over, often-times in a more productive way, if we’re smart.  Even if we’re not smart, beginnings and endings always change things in this human experience.  So, most of us welcome the prospect of second chances to get a few things right.  With the new year, a page naturally turns in our lives, hopefully leaving much of the bad behind.

Christmas time parties and festivities precede the celebration of a new year, and in the midst of it all, we soak up the seasonal music as songs bring back some good memories of the past.  Even while walking through the shopping centers and stores we can hear people humming a tune while doing their shopping.

This year the old song, “Scarlet Ribbons” has been coming to my thought, a lot.  It has always been one of my favorites.  For anyone not familiar with it, this song is about a father who wants to find scarlet ribbons for his young daughter, who has prayed for them.  Trying to fulfill her wishful prayer one night, the father searches their town all night long, trying to find the scarlet ribbons for her; but to no avail.  Sadly he returns home empty handed and checks in on his sleeping daughter.  To his shock and amazement, he finds scarlet ribbons lying, mysteriously, on her bed.  In the last line of the song, the father says, “If I live to be a hundred, I will never know from where, came those lovely scarlet ribbons, scarlet ribbons for her hair.”

          This song kept running through my head as I was Christmas shopping this year.  I couldn’t seem to turn it off.  It made me thnk of my three young grand-daughters, all who wear ribbons in their hair.  Two of the girls are in grade school, and one was in high school; but I had never seen any of them wearing a scarlet ribbon.  Pondering this, I thought that maybe scarlet ribbons might make good stocking-stuffer gifts for them.  The oldest girl was on her school’s Pom-Pom squad and wore ribbons to every sports event.  She, at least, might actually need scarlet ones.  So, like that father in the song, I began the search.

It was like a symbolic quest for me, but I thought it would be an easy task; for in today’s marketplace, there were probably thousands of them out there.  After a couple of weeks of searching, however, I ran into that proverbial brick wall.  I found every other color in the rainbow, but no scarlet ribbons were in any stores I visited.

Yet, having come to the end of my search, I decided not to give up, entirely.  Instead, I prayed about it, just like the girl in the song.  I felt peaceful doing so, because it came to my thought to realize that, although I had no idea where these ribbons might exist, God was omnipresent and absolutely did know!  I then let go of the whole situation and even forgot about the ribbons for awhile.

Some days later, the thought came to me to go back to a certain store I had already visited, in order to look at some soft travel bags for two of my friends, who did a lot of traveling.  I did so, and while examining the different bags, a flash of scarlet caught my eye.  When I moved the other bags out of the way, I found two sets of travel bags, hidden behind the others, and all were bound with beautiful, wide, scarlet ribbons.  They were exactly the kind my grand-daughters could wear in their various hair-dos.  The ribbons were loosely tied around the bags, simply to hold the small bags together; so I bought the two sets of bags for my friends, and when I arrived home, I removed the ribbons that were wrapped around the travel sets.  There were eight ribbons in all…two for each of the girls, and two left over in case anyone lost one.  I had actually been led to the store with the ribbons.

Finding these ribbons filled me with awe.  I knew that it was not a coincidence.  I had never intended to go back to that store.  And the poor man in the song might ‘never know from where’ his daughter’s scarlet ribbons came; but we can all know, in today’s world, where all of our good comes from…straight from the spiritual Source of all that exists.  Nothing is lost, or hidden, to God; therefore, nothing need be lost or hidden from any one of us who turns to infinite Spirit, God, for any good thing we humbly desire or need. 

I then saw that the mystery of the song was solved.  The man in the song failed in his own search because he tried to find the scarlet ribbons, all by himself, when God had them, in sight, all along.  The man’s physical vision wasn’t omnipresent; God’s vision is.  But more to the point, there is no need to search ‘out there’ in the outer world of finite form, when we are connected to our God-Source through our Christ Consciousness (innate, spiritual consciousness within).  To search by ourselves, without our ever-present oneness with God, is so often just an exercise in futility.  It just brings us to our finite limitations.  But since we already have all the good we need within our God connection and ever-present love for each of us, we’re not left to ourselves to do, or be, anything.

God is always invisibly present within and without us to ‘find’ what seems to be missing to our perception and point our way to it, in this human condition.  And if all human ways and means fail because we aren’t perceiving, or obeying, the divine direction coming from within, then the divine Consciousness does it without us, or through someone else.

I don’t know if my grand-daughters will even appreciate or wear the scarlet ribbons.  I think the gift was really for me:  I had to mentally learn and realize that we are connected to our God-Source, despite all physical appearances to the contrary.  Since, “we live and move and have our being,” in that infinite, consciousness or Mind of the Almighty, nothing is ever, really, lost to us.  We cannot get out of the Mind of God. (See Acts 17:28; NKJV).   We are mentally connected to our God-source at all times, despite all physical appearances of things.

When we do not perceive God’s invisible presence with us, we accept all the wants and woes of this material scene before our eyes.  We believe ourselves to be disconnected, or cast away from our Source and Origin of being.  We feel alone and abandoned when material needs press us.

Yet, there is a pathway back to our ‘Father’s house’.   Our oneness with God opens that path when we turn from the material scene (physical sense of being) and return to our spiritual sense of being as God’s own off-spring.  This mental shift from the world ‘out there’ to our inner, spiritual knowledge, shines the light  on our true pathway back to our divine Source and Origin, as we let go of our material fears and false perception of being.

Christ Jesus once told his followers a great truth that almost the whole world still ignores today:  He said, “Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto you.”  (Matthew 8:13; King James Bible;  KJV).  

In this declaration, the Master healer was showing us the power of belief in God’s loving sovereignty that is at hand for everyone.  Belief in God’s invisible kingdom with us, and the spiritual laws that govern God’s kingdom, turn the physical scene back from discord to harmony.  When fully trusting (believing) in God’s love and deliverance, what seems lost is refound; whoever is sick or broken becomes whole again; war becomes peace; and whatever good seems to be materially absent, springs forth into physical form again.  This is what Christ Jesus’ healing ministry was all about:  replacing the discordant, material beliefs that become manifested into physical form in this human experience, with the truth and realization of our spiritual being, with its undying connection to our spiritual God-Source. 

Slowly but surely, we learn that we do not have to correct God’s perfectly harmonious spiritual creation, of which we are a part.  The heavenly kingdom of God is forever harmonious; that’s how it can be ever-lasting.  What we DO have to do, is believe in our own God connection.  Our own belief is absolutely necessary; because what we hold to be true in our own consciousness tells us to be sick or well, abundant or poor, peaceful or under siege.  We are the captains of our own ships, so to speak; but we must pursue and find the spiritual truths of being, before our own thoughts can turn our human life experiences around from bad to good, discord to harmony. 

This process doesn’t happen in just a day.  But as we gradually turn to God more and more with our daily lives, a transition begins to take place, bringing forth more and more blessings from whatever new spiritual enlightenment we have embraced.

People around the globe have experienced deliverances from all types and categories of earthly evils by the simple turn in thought from the false sense of material reality to the truth of spiritual reality and our forever, harmonious safety in God’s loving, invisibly present, spiritual creation.  We must open our spiritual eyes and realize that (in this human experience) we are the masters of our own fate because we are given a choice as to what we believe.  We are always free to believe, and trust, whatever we individually choose to believe and trust.  And although God, Infinite Spirit, is omnipotent (the only power) over us, when we allow beliefs in other powers to take control of us, we cannot avoid suffering from such beliefs.

The Bible tells us that if we do good, God will give us the desires of our heart.  (See 1st quote at top of article).  Our infinite Creator of all good and useful things does not withhold any good things from Its children, when asked.  But when we trust and believe in worldly pursuits and seeming powers, rather than God’s spiritual laws and power, it is our beliefs in other powers that produce the destructive effects we believe in and manifest…not any real power in materiality or material law. 

          For this reason, Christ Jesus’ gentle warning, as thou hast believed, so be it done unto you,” is a warning call to watch what we believe.   For, right where there seems to be material laws and powers, right there is really the invisible kingdom of God, subject only to divine law and power, despite the physical appearance of things.   Recognition of this fact causes the physical scene to shift back to harmony and normality.  And whatever was lost is found.
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