This weeks Message of Faith submitted by Rev. Joanne Rowden
The Power of Order
In Turning Points Martha Smock tells us, “divine order does not just happen. We have our part in the establishment of it in our individual life.” I have found that there is a lot of confusion about what exactly divine order is. Too many seem to think it is a force occurring in their lives in which they have no power. We can easily be passive in declaring, “Oh, well. It’s all in Divine Order.” Too often we think Divine Order is something God imposes upon us rather than something in which we actively participate. This is the Divine Order that Martha Smock is speaking about.
There is without a doubt an order to life. The color for order is olive green which is found throughout nature. Nature provides us plenty of examples of order. The days and nights follow an order to the point that we know exactly the time of day it will be when the sun rises and sets. The seasons follow one after another in perfect order. The plants themselves grow in a beautiful order. Consider the sunflower head with its seeds in a perfect order. The leaves of plants follow a specific pattern in order to allow the maximum amount of sunlight to touch each leaf. The planets in our solar system revolve in perfect order. The tides are affected by the moon in perfect order. Everywhere there is this perfect order.
There also appears to be a certain degree of randomness. Life happens in unexplainable ways that indicate a certain amount of chaos in life. And yet, I believe if we could take a large enough perspective, we would find that even in the chaos there is order unfolding.
In Unity, we teach that order can be seen through both the material and spiritual laws that govern our universe. Eric Butterworth used to say, “God is not a capricious God.” God does not pick and choose who to bless. Divine Mind is not personal in that all is offered to everyone know matter who you are or how you act. While we can have a personal experience of God, God does not personally choose. All are under the same laws. We decide how to use the laws and we can either use the laws constructively or destructively.
Divine Order is about choosing to consciously use the spiritual laws that are in place in our lives to help create a world that works for all. Divine Order is our ability to organize, balance and sequence Divine Ideas. Divine Order is about ordering our thoughts so they are in alignment with the Divine Ideas being revealed through Divine Mind. Divine Order works with all of the other 12 Powers.
The Power of Faith is our ability to perceive our world. Combined with Order, our thoughts are ordered faithfully in the understanding that God and I are one. I am in alignment with that oneness with God and take action from that place. This is the Power of Order working in conjunction with the Power of Faith.
I have been saying that utilizing the Power of Imagination, we don’t need to set it right, we need to see it right. This past week I realized we actually needed both, but we need to be aware of the order in which we engage the seeing and the action. First, we see it right. Then we take action from seeing it right to set it right. This is the Power of Order working in conjunction with the Power of Imagination.
The Power of Understanding reminds us to give no power to the world of our senses but to understand that God is standing under all of creation. The Power of Order works with Understanding when we order our thoughts based on this remembering that whatever I am experiencing right here and now, God is waiting to be revealed in, through and as me.
The Power of Will is our ability to choose. Combined with the Power of Order, will allows us to make the choice to order our thoughts in Truth rather than in error.
The Power of Order is found in our navel. We often talk about feeling a pit in our stomach when something is upsetting to us. We also talk about our stomach being tied up in knots. These are indications that we have stepped out of divinely ordering our thoughts, words and actions. We also can feel it in our gut when we are making a good decision, when our thoughts, words and actions are divinely ordered.
It is up to you to allow Divine Order in your life to be experienced and expressed. This week, begin each day by taking a few moments to become aware of God in the stillness of the silence. As you breathe, affirm oneness with Divine Mind, openness to Divine Ideas. As your time in the stillness concludes, remember that there is a Divine Idea to help you to meet every moment in grace. Listen for these Divine Ideas and act upon them.
Abundant peace and blessings… Rev. Joanne
Rev. Joanne Rowden is the senior minister at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake, OH. She served as the minister at Unity in Edinboro for 13 years before taking on this new position on November 1, 2014. She lives in Hinckley, OH with her husband.