The amusing sign on this ABC store downtown reminded me of the ego mind. It always has an "issue" or two. You probably can't tell from the photo, but "what's yours" is written on the bottom corner. A dear friend laughingly refers to her problems as issues, so for fun I took a pic to pass along to her.
Recently an old journal turned up. I had notes from a radio program on the meaning of Psalm 73. It's the answer to why we often ask the question: How come those who don't know God seem to prosper so and I suffer from challenge after challenge? Why are they rewarded, and not me?
The minister explained that the first section of the Psalm had 17 references to "them." Why are we looking at them, and not at God? He said, "That's the problem, you see. We've forgotten God and are looking out in the world, judging that God does not love us, comparing us to them."
In the next section, the Psalmist looks at himself. How he suffers so and is in great pain. This happens until he goes into the Presence of God, then he can understand why things were the way they were. He had been like a beast before coming into God's presence. Digging and always trying to keep up with the Jones. More...more...dig faster..faster, like a dog digging for a bone.
By the end of the Psalm, he is grateful that God is his portion. If God is his portion then everything God has is his! "For it is good for me to draw near to God. I have put my trust in the Lord God and made him my refuge that I may tell of all Your works."
This Psalm is one of comparisons. And, whenever we are making a comparison of any kind, we have moved away from the presence of God, and are thinking with the ego. The ego analyzes everything, but the Spirit accepts the Truth. God is our portion. With that in mind, who has any real issues?
Enjoy your day with the Angels.