PART II. SECTION 3: WHAT IS THE WORLD
Lesson 244 I Am In Danger Nowhere In The World
- Your Son is safe wherever he may be, for You are there with him. He need but call upon Your Name, and he will recollect his safety and Your love, for they are one. How can he fear or doubt or fail to know he cannot suffer, be endangered, or experience unhappiness, when he belongs to You, beloved and loving, in the safety of Your Fatherly embrace?
- And there we are in truth. No storms can come into the hallowed haven of our home. In God, we are secure. For what can come to threaten God Himself, or make afraid what will forever be a part of Him?
A strong survival instinct has always driven me to protect my ego and body, and not just from physical danger, but also from emotional and psychological threat. I have little compunction about cutting someone free if I have reason to suspect that they are undermining me in any way, shape, or form. The teachings of Jesus from the gospels, where He tells his disciples to give and then give some more and not worry about getting anything in return, even the simple courtesy of a thank you? Oh, that has been a regrettable stumbling block in my attempts to be a Christian. For there is no way I am giving to anyone with at least some form of gratitude or return.
In the Gospel of Luke, about the angels watching over you, lest we dash our foot against a stone? It seems I must look out for myself, because otherwise I stumble, fall, bang up my knees, twist an ankle, or at the very least bruise my dignity.
In every dangerous situation, with people, with animals, with events, if I would have sat on the couch and waited for the angels to take care of it, chances are high that unnecessary suffering would have been the result. The time a hooded burglar attempted a break-in at our Portland apartment, the time the evangelist tried an unholy game with me, the time an angry dog was about to attack – if it had not been for good sense, quick thinking, and my instinctive need to protect myself, the event would have ended in an entirely different way. I could have hardly blamed apathetic angels when I had the resourcefulness on hand to defend myself.
In this lesson, Jesus is talking about our true Self, our eternal spirit which survives all the storms, unfriendliness, greed, and unholy games of the ego world. In God, is the place we are secure. Nothing can threaten our invisible Selves for there we are as God Himself, and there we are forever part of Him. In this haven inside of us, nothing can harm us or cause us to fear. In the meantime, I lock my door, practice proper safety skills, and avoid dangerous situations unless Holy Spirit advises otherwise!