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The Dogwood is blurred at first glimpse in early morning darkness
Upon further inspection the Dogwood comes into focus
As I continued to seek to see more clearly … the full beauty and path are revealed
I was surprised in my last post to find my Heavenly Father hidden in the darkness. He wasn’t through with surprising me. I was completely caught off guard these past 2 weeks to find Him in the midst of qigong. I have quickly had the opportunity to put to the test the quote from my last post that has been resonating within me asking how willing am I to keep my heart “unoffendable”? Lucky me ;-)
“If you’ll keep your heart unoffendable
I will use you to demolish the things that tried to demolish you.”
Testimony by Elizabeth Reisinger
For those not familiar with my story – four years ago I’d reached the point that I told my husband I would “do anything” to get rid of Fibromyalgia Migraines that were lasting up to 12 weeks at a time. His response to that was to pray for me and as he prayed I heard repeatedly “acupuncture”.
Bottom line of that experience, I learned that judging something can cost you big time. Acupuncture has helped me more than anything western medicine had to offer. But it was only when I repented of the judgement/offense I had held towards eastern medicine that I was able to reap the benefit of what Father God has provided for thousands of years through acupuncture. As I experienced great relief I made the comment to my Heavenly Father “it would have been nice if You’d provided this a little sooner.” He softly replied, “you could not receive it with the judgment you had in place.” I couldn’t argue with that!
Well, “my offend-able-ness” was about to be tested again.
Enter pangu qigong. I’ve been skirting my way around it for several months. Again, leary of the unknown and thinking it best to “protect myself”. OK, I confess I can be a slower learner :) .
Right after my most recent post, what just happens to pop up on my Facebook newsfeed but a class being taught by my acupuncturist on pangu qigong. As I glanced at the post I heard it again “if you will keep your heart unoffendable …” Hmmmmmm – I had a choice to make.
I read about it www.pangu.org. I prayed about it. I asked for my husbands’s thoughts. I asked for my BFF’s thoughts and asked another friend to pray. Everything was lining up to tell me to “check this out”. I had so many questions. Are you in this Father? Is this You providing this for me? Come Holy Spirit and be my guide.
You know what? The head knowledge of Matthew 7:7 has become experiential for me – if I seek Him, I will find Him … in the darkness, in things and places I never imagined. How? As simple as the child’s game of “Hide and Seek”. The catch is we MUST seek and keep on seeking … always, always seeking Him.
It’s not that our Heavenly Father does not want to be found. He has hidden Himself in all He has created like a lover calling to a lover saying “show me you are interested”. All the feelings that each of us hold within our hearts of wanting to be desired, courted, chosen and sought after – where do you think those come from? I’ll give you a hint. We are made in His image. Yup. There is a constant invitation from our Heavenly Father in everything around us to seek Him out and find Him in order for us to delight in one another as we discover one another.
And, it is not that our Heavenly Father wants to make things difficult for us. Here in America we have “Easter Egg Hunts” for the children at Easter. Colorful egg-shaped containers holding delectable treats are “hidden” by parents pretty much in plain view for children to seek and find with squeals of delight on Easter morning. The children are not remotely aware that it was the parents that provided the opportunity for discovery and delight.
How many times are we like that? We are on a hunt and we don’t even realize what Father God has put directly in our path for us to discover to delight us and to provide for us.
So what discoveries did my Heavenly Father have waiting for me in qigong?
The Chinese imagery of sun (masculine strength), balanced with the moon (feminine strength) coming together in balance suddenly became My Heavenly Father (masculine strength) balanced with the nurturing of the Holy Spirit (feminine strength) all coming together in one being – Jesus – the first of many children, which would include me! Embracing “all the goodness the universe holds for a golden future”, became embracing all My Heavenly Father has created, called good (Genesis 1:31) and deeded to me through:
Jesus – the exact image of the invisible God,
the firstborn of creation, the eternal.
It was by Him that everything was created:
the heavens, the earth, all things within and upon them,
all things seen and unseen,
thrones and dominions, spiritual powers and authorities.
Every detail was crafted through His design,
by His own hands, and for His purposes.
He has always been!
It is His hand that holds everything together.
Qijong is all about having life force energy flow through you unobstructed. Sounds familiar doesn’t it? “But the water I give them,” he said,“becomes a perpetual spring within them, watering them forever with eternal life.” (John 4:14)
According to His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19) is taking on new dimensions for me. I’m realizing I have no clue what those riches in glory look like or what form they may take. But my Heavenly Father has promised me if I do my part to seek Him and will keep my heart unoffendable, He will cause the eyes of my heart to be flooded with light, so that I can know and understand the hope to which He has called me, and how rich is His glorious inheritance He has prepared for His children. (Ephesian 1:18)
Now there’s a reason to hope! Care to join me?