Power of Blessing
Yesterday I found myself looking at a bank statement and judging it as not enough. I felt myself get anxious as I began to imagine all kinds of scenarios of what could possibly happen because of the apparent lack showing up. Luckily I have enough spiritual practice under my belt that I was able to stop the train and bring to mind a Bible story that reminds me to see things differently. I am referencing Luke 9:12-17 where Jesus fed the five million plus people.
The story goes that Jesus is teaching all day to millions of people when it starts getting late. Obviously no one planned for the day to go that long nor did anyone make provisions to feed the people attending. Jesus’s disciples came to him asking that he send everyone home because they were afraid of what would happen with five million hungry people. Jesus, nonplussed first asked the disciples to feed everyone themselves. His followers exclaimed that they only had two fish and five loaves of bread. Imagine the despair in their voices as they relay this information to Jesus afraid that he was serious about them doing something. In that moment, they took stock of what they had and judged it as not enough.
Jesus on the other hand, saw their current inventory very differently. After the disciples were not able to feed everyone, he asked for the fish and bread. Instead of seeing it as inadequate, he, in that moment, had the power to see that it was more than enough. He did not fool himself into thinking that what he physically held
was going to satisfy everyone’s hunger. Instead, he was able to look into the invisible realm and see the stream of substance that was available to him as evidence by the facts he held in his hand. He saw the infinite stream of substance outpicturing in the form of the fish and the loaves. He knew that there was a continuously supply of more beyond the facts that his physical eyes told him.
So, he went through a series of steps which included looking away from appearances and blessing what he had as good. As a result, he was able to manifest enough food to feed everyone present and have twelve baskets of food left over.
Did it happen this way? We will never know. And I don’t think it is important to the story. What is important is the lesson that tells us by shifting our attention and our judgements around things we do see, we can manifest that which we want and need. Our challenge is to change the way we view the circumstances of our lives. Instead of seeing an amount in our bank account as too little, see it as the first wave of good that is manifesting from the invisible realm of plenty.
It is like when I knit. I put my yarn in a bag where I can’t see the whole skein. But as I pull more and more comes out. Now there is a finite amount of yarn with each skein but God’s supply is infinite. I can keep pulling on that skein of God’s yarn and it will keep coming allowing me to create something beautiful and meaningful without limits.
One of the most powerful ways to shift our judgement is to give thanks and bless what we have as good. Try it. You can physically feel the difference in your body as you practice gratitude and bless the circumstances in your life. Your energy opens up as fear loosens its grip. And your attention shifts from lack to plenty.
So the next time any of us view something as inadequate or not enough, we can each remember to shift how we the facts. We follow in the master’s footsteps when we see what is on hand as the tip of what is available to us. As we take a moment to bless and give thanks for what we have as evidence of God’s unlimited abundance, we bring forward God’s good into physical manifestation.