by Rev. Dr. Rainbow Johnson
The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:
the world, and they that dwell therein.
— Psalms 24:1
The earth contains untold riches, and the very air is vibrant with power.
— The Science of Mind, page 25
A Jubilant and Beholding Soul
Ralph Waldo Emerson tells us that “Prayer is the soloquy of a jubilant and beholding soul!” Science of Mind tells us that we must behold the Divine Nature all around us. Blake tells us there are sermons in stones.
How true! Some times when we are feeling depressed, or fearful, or stressed, we can be surrounded by the most beautiful environment in the world, but we forget to behold it. This reminds me of the time when my schedule was on “overload”, and I had to go to the grocery sore for what I thought was an ordinary errand. Was I ever wrong! This ordinary errand turned into an extraordinary blessing. I went to buy a plant for a friend. It had fuchsia and white petals with golden centers. The clerk said, “Oh what a lovely plant!” I said, “It’s for an 86-year-old lady — a friend.” The clerk said, “She’ll love it. Where would the world be without flowers?” I responded, “Where would the world be without music?” She answered, “Where would the world be without doggies and kitties?” to which I said, “Where would the world be without love?” She looked at me, threw up her arms and said passionately, “Thank You God for ALL your blessings!” We certainly became jubilant and beholding souls that day!
I look upon the world today with the eyes of a jubilant and beholding soul. Every experience of mine, no matter how apparently insignificant, takes on a new meaning. It has its own light and its own gift. I accept this gift and I rejoice.