. . . the Secret
Centre. . .*
Fleta R. Robinson
The fresh bouquet made a pleasurable accent to the comfortable room. One flower, however, caught special attention. It was rhythmically vibrating. The unique shimmering was a bit startling. The rest of the bouquet was perfectly still. Why? What's going on?
I know a simple secret. When the washing machine is in use, the action of the spin cycle "ignites" a fine-tuned vibration elsewhere in the house. I don't understand the full extent of why – but it takes place. It may happen to a small object on the table, or an envelope on the desk; today it was a single flower, in a full bouquet, that synchronized with the washer's spin cycle.
I know another secret. In Colossians 3:1-17, in the Phillip's translation I read:
"If you are then ‘risen' with Christ reach out for the highest gifts of Heaven, where Christ reigns in power. Give your heart to the heavenly things, not to the passing things of earth. . .your true life is a hidden one in God, through Christ. One day, Christ, the secret centre** of our lives will show Himself openly
" . . . have nothing to do with sexual immorality, dirty-mindedness, uncontrolled passion, evil desire and the lust for other peoples goods . . . put all these things behind you. No more evil temper or furious rage; no more filthy conversation. Don't tell each other lies any more . . .
"As, therefore, God's picked representatives . . . purified . . . merciful in action, kindly in heart, humble in mind. Accept life . . . Forgive as freely as the Lord has forgiven you. . . be truly loving . . . Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts . . . live in harmony . . . never forget to be thankful for what God has done for you."
How can this be? Is it possible to be God's "picked representative?" YES! By inviting Christ to actually BE the "secret centre" of our lives the answer is YES.
Because His Spirit is within us we must have nothing, in our own lives, to do with evil speech or actions.
Because His Spirit is within us we must help make a difference in the lives of others who do not yet know Him. There are many who hunger for peace in their hearts; who hunger to be forgiven, to be changed, to be freed from the evil that controls their lives.
Share the "secret centre." Help someone "vibrate" this very day!
*British spelling, center © 1947, 1958
** emphasis mine, FRR