• susan jungermann

Is 2020 perfect vision, clear hindsight, or the year of Covid-19?

Faith. It's been on my mind lately. To understand it. If there was ever a time to understand faith, now seems like it.

Faith is defined as "complete trust or confidence in someone or something."

A verse from the Bible tells us "Now faith is the assurance of good things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" Hebrews 11:1.

How would you act if you had 100% faith. If you KNEW your prayers were answered? Would you worry? Would you dwell on past situations? Would you fixate on

the problem? NO, there would be nothing to worry about. You would move through life as if your prayers are answered, because you know that they would be. You would be confident and happy, at ease. Feeling freedom of being limited by any circumstance. Is that how you live? Is that your general emotion? Freedom?

Would you daydream about worst case scenarios? It wouldn't be necessary. If you acted on 100% faith, you would spend your entire day thinking about the things you would want in your life, not things you didn't want in your life. Or, perhaps you would just keep your awareness on the present moment. Afterall, if you knew all you had to do was ask, and it was given, you would live your life in pure joy!

Is that how you live your life? Freedom and joy? How can you be faithful and not have freedom or joy? What if you did it, you just surrendered into the present moment and gave up the struggle to fight against reality with your thoughts? How long could you do it? How long could you stay presently focused? Pure presence is a sensory experience, it is impossible to have a thought if you're purely present.

Maybe that is when God shows up? In the present moment. Could we move through life on faith alone. Could we live on faith alone that we would be provided for, our entire lives? Does that sound unreasonable? Maybe it's only unreasonable because we aren't faithful. We are not brought up to be faithful. Most of us are brought up being told to believe that something created us, maybe a man in the sky wearing a white robe and judging us. We aren't taught to surrender to joy and freedom and "see what happens." Only because it was not our parent's experience that life can be completely joyful. It wasn't our parent's experience to live a life of complete joy, because it wasn't their parents experience either. We have been generation after generation after generation of unfaithful. We don't always witness in reality what we ask for in prayer because if we believed whatever we wanted was coming we would be busy being joyful, not praying. Grateful and appreciative, absolutely. Scared and worried and praying, absolutely not.

God speaks to Moses in Exodus 34:7 saying "I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion and sin but I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren. The entire family is affected-even children in the third and fourth generations." Could the guilty be the ones who are not faithful? Whose thoughts are riddled with fear and anxiety? Is it possible we are just recreating the same life over and over because we are too close to our thoughts to see their affect. It's easy to see how it can happen. Reality is convincing. Albert Einstein said "reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one."

The people that have found everlasting happiness have been telling us, it is literally our thoughts that make us suffer. Our suffering in mind creates events that cause us to suffer in reality. Collectively, it is clear we are suffering. Covid-19 lets us know how we have been feeling vulnerable, it is here to show us what fear in the mind does to reality. Maybe we could collectively get rid of it faster if we were joyful thinkers, wouldn't we be thinking joyfully if we were truly faithful?

We are humans caught in a cycle of believing what we see instead of faithfully believing what we can't see. We can only create in our lives what we believe, so if you have to see it before you can believe it, you are not faithful.

What do worry thoughts do for you anyway? In today's covid-19 situation, what effect does worrying have. What exactly are you trying to figure out with your worrying mind? Do you think you could get to the bottom of it? The solution? Do you ever? If you worry about getting covid-19, or you worry about your loved ones getting it, does it prevent them from getting it?

We are generationally conditioned to believe that life just happens to us. No way to prevent the nasty stuff from coming, just pray that it doesn't ever come. But what if we are like the fish who don't know they swim in water, because the water is too close for them to perceive. What if your universe is the exact replication of your beliefs and feelings? You may say, "it's true, I see it," but what if it's only true because you believe it. Could you have "faith" and change your beliefs? Remember faith is

believing in something even though you don't see proof.

If you have faith, not hope, but faith that covid-19 won't hurt you, how could it? Isn't that God's promise to us? You may say "look, I see it's killing people." And fear would tell you that is true. What would faith say? Faith would say, I see the bigger picture in this. Faith would tell us to believe in health and not sickness. Proverbs 23:7 tells us "As someone thinks within himself, so he is." Faith might even say less people died in China this year from covid-19, then the atmospheric pollution of the typical year in China.

In the Bible, Deuteronomy 30:19, says "Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on Heaven and Earth to witness the choice you make, oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!"

It won't hurt you to choose faith over fear, but it may kill you if you believe fear over faith.

"I and my Father are one" John 10:30 God, Source, Intelligence, Inner Being....whatever you want to call It, is part of you. You've had the power to think good thoughts all along, just like Dorothy had the power to return home, the whole time she was in Oz. Maybe it's time we all start using our power for good.

Be well, have faith


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