The Present Answer

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“Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see how the fields are now ready for harvest.”

John 4:35

Our body-based self-image routinely operates in the fields of time and space. If we have planted a garden, we understand that a certain amount of time passes before we begin harvesting produce. In another place, Jesus acknowledges this process when he points out that the earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.  

While the opening passage may seem to contradict our normal understanding of the planting, growing process, we can see it as two levels of operation. We are, after all, spiritual beings having a human experience. Material and spiritual law is as different as Newtonian and quantum physics.

Did you not envision the harvest even before you planted your garden? You likely went beyond that and imagined serving the vegetables at your table. The eyes that see this are the eyes of which Jesus is speaking: the mind’s eye, the imagination.

Jesus points out that we are to believe we have received that which we pray for. We set aside all materially based logic and we envision as complete, a desire we have. We hold the thought that all the universe is working to bring forth this condition, or something better. To say we set aside materially based logic does not mean we are abandoning logic, per se. We are turning to spiritual logic. Material law follows the blueprint created by our vision. What we mentally see and hold as true is the seed that becomes the blade, the ear, and the full grain in the ear.

Write a brief statement of your prayer request, consider it fulfilled, then set it aside in a place you will not forget. Every time you think of your prayer, give thanks that it is now complete. This, or something better. Know that God, as the creative life force, is working through all people, places, and things to bring about your desired good. The imagination is not for dreaming only; it is for setting direction for your earthly experience.

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