The Word of the Living Word of God: this from John 17. Makes sense, deeply, to this soul, this morning and for a few prior....
"I gave them your word, and the world hated them,
because they do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world.
I do not ask that you take them out of the world
but that you keep them from the evil one.
They do not belong to the world
any more than I belong to the world."
So it is that this hermit, this soul, ponders on not belonging to the world, yet of not yet being taken out of this world.
What does it mean? The wondering and pondering brings forth the knowing of His Real Presence, and in knowing Him, one senses the meaning of His Words. We are here in the temporal, yet we are not at all belonging to it. We do not belong here--not in the temporal of all that does not lift us upward, spiraling through, with, and in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Yet we are here and by that of the temporal that can assist in our transitioning, in our spiraling upward in His Real Presence, to know Him, to love Him--we can utilize the temporal of the world. But never of evil--never of that which hinders and is an obstacle. What is evil? It is some degree of lacking in good. So we learn by His grace and love, in the spiraling upward out of this temporal into His commandment of eternity, how to step upon the temporal treads and rise--climb the stairway to heaven.
In that way we transcend, and we overcome, bit by bit, any lack in good and are kept thus--removed by degrees commensurate with the lack of good replaced with good--from evil. All movement from lack to increase of good, is the movement to the reality of not belonging to the world. Then, we belong to heaven. We are taken out of this world and into His Love.
This hermit has been suffering much additional pain in a new area of the temporal body. How it adapts and views this suffering, whether as a tread and riser on a stairway to heaven or as a limitation and hindrance of the temporal world, makes all the difference between knowing Him and spiraling in His love, or belonging to the world and held by "evil", or a lack of good in perspective and reality of what is actually, of this world an unreality.
The one reality is not belonging to this world but of belonging in His Real Presence. That belonging--His Real Presence and Perfect Love--is the real world, the one true reality.
Does this make sense? Can we bring it into practical application in our daily lives, of the temporal that is always passing away and becoming out of this temporal world and into heaven?
Let us pray so! Lord, please keep removing us from attachments to temporal loves and attach us in Your Perfect Love eternally, here and now. We do not belong to this world--to any degree of lack of good, and You are the All Good. Thank You, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, for our belonging to Your World, now and forever.