The Story of Good – Learning to Steward the Good Within.
Now the Shining One was more clever than any animal of the field that the LORD God had made. It asked the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You are not to eat from any tree of the garden?’” ~ Genesis 3: 1 (ISV)
“Child,” Jesus said, “I know that you don’t always see or feel Good.
Yet, believe that it’s Good which is holding you,
And holding Our world together.”
“Good is forever.
Good was there at the beginning,
Good is the gateway into eternity.”
“But Sir, what about all the Bad that lives inside me?” I asked,
“What about all the Evil that fills the world today?”
“You must understand, My child.
Evil is only fleeting darkness.
It is not forever.
It is only a speck of dust,
When compared with the power of Good.”
At this point, so many thoughts filled my brain,
I felt it best for me to just sit for a moment and ponder.
“Be still,” I told myself,
“Before I say something that might embarrass me.”
I gazed into the fire.
“Evil is only fleeting darkness?” I pondered.
“How can Jesus make all this sound so small?
Doesn’t He, of all people, understand,
All the horrendous things that Evil causes?”
I began to shake my head in unbelief.
“Child, listen to Me,” Jesus said.
“Some believe that We created Evil along with Good.
Some believe that We allowed Evil to find a foothold in creation.
Some believe the enemy and his demons are eternal, like Us.”
“But, none of this is true.”
“Evil cannot exist on its own.
It has no life unto itself.”
“It is only for a small moment in time.”
Ponder on these things:
Take a moment to identify something about yourself, your character, or your life that you know is not good.
If you knew this bad thing within you was not permanent, how might that change the way you look at yourself?
What feelings are evoked when you imagine yourself being free from that bad that dwells inside you?
Over a period of about eight weeks (3 sessions per week), we will take you on a poetic journey (26-sessions) we call The Story of Good. We suggest you bookmark our blog series homepage to keep all the writings in one place for your future reference. Take note that each blog session begins with a short scripture reading. My suggestion is that you don’t hurry through, or skip the text, but treat it as a Lectio Divina reading where you slow down and sit a bit with God’s Word, allowing it to penetrate and influence you as you read. Each session also ends with a few thoughts to ponder on. I look forward to hearing some of your insight as we journey together!
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