Staying one room ahead of the painter

by | Mar 9, 2020

I had this scary dream the other night. There were these painters on a steamroller charging down the hall and madly painting the walls. They were only about five yards away from me, and it looked like I would be turned into a pancake by this steamroller.

            I woke up and took a deep breath. “Thank you God that this was only a dream,” I said. But was it only a dream? The reality I am facing is the transformation of the Unity Center of Tulsa building. What were offices will become part of a new and expanded Kidszone at UCOT. Meanwhile, the area that was the nursery will become the new offices for the business manager and minister. Getting everything ready for the contractor and painters has been a big job.

            At the same time, I am getting my house in the Tulsa area ready to sell, and I will be trying to buy a new home in Roanoke, VA. It was a very difficult decision to leave UCOT at the end of my contract in June and become the senior minister of Unity of Roanoke Valley in Virginia. Before I can put our Tulsa area house on the market it has required some work by a contractor and painters.

            In this process some thoughts went through my mind: All this will never happen. It is too much. Yikes and Gulp! Double Gulp!!

            But then that “still, small voice” went through my head: “Rick, how do these thoughts align with Unity principles? Are spiritual truths just something you mouth on Sundays, or are they something that you really apply in your life? When the rubber meets the road, do you follow Unity’s Firth Basic Principle (i.e., We walk the walk and don’t just talk the talk!)

            It is not an audible voice, but call it Higher Self or Holy Spirit this voice speaks the truth– and we all have this wonderful internal wisdom. I then took a deep breath and said a few lines from the Good Book:

  • “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)
  • “All things are possible with God.” (Matthew 19:26)
  • “Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit says the Lord.” (Zechariah 4:6)
  • “I will be with you always.” (Matthew 28:20)

            I followed this with a few affirmative prayers (i.e., prayers that help us live in the solution and not in the problem). I also wrote a gratitude list covering my many blessings– and there are so many!

            Then I got up and started doing the next right thing. I wish I could tell you that the work at church and at home are finished, but they will be. I wish I could tell you that my Tulsa area house is sold and the new one is purchased in Roanoke, but this will happen. At times it has felt like being only one room ahead of the painters, but I feel much better than I did when I awoke from that steamroller nightmare.

            I also realize that I probably will have to rework this “positive” spiritual treatment many times. But that is fine with me. I have to take a shower every day, and I don’t mind taking spiritual showers every day– and the painters have even finished painting the ceiling of the shower!