To me it meant, simply, "without a body" or "unlimited by a body". But this day I thought about the implications in my life of God as incorporeal. The thing with deep thinking about God - it tends takes you deeper into thinking about man made in God's image.
- Born into a material body on a particular day, thus limited by age, by certain experiences or by certain attitudes.
- Born into a material body in a particular place, thus restricted by language and cultural barriers.
I am the reflection of the one incorporeal, universal Mind that is God. I am universal - the unconfined, unlimited reflection of my divine Mind. So:
- I am not a middle-aged American struggling to adapt to a new land, new language, new culture. (I moved to France 6 1/2 years ago and could speak only a few words of French.)
- I am not too young or too old to embrace new ideas and experiences. I know what my Mind knows exactly when I need to know it.
- I am not restricted by language or culture. I can fit in and relate perfectly with anyone anywhere that Love places me.
Something cool happened the day I thought about what it means for God to be incorporeal. I found I was able to speak French fluently without the struggle and self-doubt that had accompanied my earlier efforts. The improvement was sudden and dramatic.
My French teacher commented on it. My husband also observed that I was naturally using a certain verb tense that I had not yet studied. The words were just there and everything I was saying was understood.
I am a universal incorporeal idea of divine Mind. And you are, too.
JB Phillips gives a wonderful translation of Paul's explanation of God to the Greeks in Athens: "God who made the world and all that is in it, being Lord of both Heaven and earth does not live in temples made by human hands, nor is he ministered to by human hands, as though he had need of anything—seeing that he is the one who gives to all men life and breath and everything else... Indeed, it is in him that we live and move and have our being." (Acts 17:24-28)
Mary Baker Eddy refers to this passage when she writes, "Immortal Mind is God, immortal good; in whom the Scripture saith "we live, and move, and have our being." This Mind, then, is not subject to growth, change, or diminution, but is the divine intelligence, or Principle, of all real being; holding man forever in the rhythmic round of unfolding bliss, as a living witness to and perpetual idea of inexhaustible good." (Miscellaneous Writings, p.82:28)
I am convinced I could speak Martian if I needed to. Do you think you could, too?
To find another blog on another early morning "God-word," you may like to read - "Even Woody Allen" posted on October 22nd.
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