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Spiritual Intelligence: Peradventure

Peradventure… [Uncertainty or doubt as to whether something is the case]

A real life example of this word in play can be captured in the story of the four lepers at the gates of Samaria.

These men were not allowed into the city because of their infirmity, so they made do in a shack at the gates; living on alms from anyone that was kind enough to help. Hours, days, months and years passed and their situation didn’t change. They had their occasional bursts of highs – but mostly it was mired by pain, shame and suffering.

Amidst the siege of the city by the Arameans which led to an economic apocalypse, they were pressed to either; remain where they were or move by faith into enemy territories Peradventure they find food. So they said to one another;

Why sit we here until we die? If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there: and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians: if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.

They hatched a Peradventure Strategy, in-spite of the odds against them and they followed through accordingly.

As destiny would have it their actions paid off, by divine intervention, overnight the armies deserted leaving all their spoils and supplies. The lepers were now left with all; so they secured theirs before passing-on the good news to the king who was so relieved at the turn of events. The fortunes of a nation had turned a corner; they had not only been delivered, they were also compensated!

Friends most times all we need is a glimmer in order to step out. If we sit waiting for the perfect moment, we might not manifest those treasures within.

The universe is waiting for you to emerge.

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~ Sabali

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Spiritual Intelligence: Our True Definition

Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.

As I ponder over this statement by The Rabbi, the life of the biblical character Joseph comes to mind.

The first child of dearly loved Rachel, he had a special place in the heart of his Dad (Jacob). Jacob’s love was expressed in the beautiful coat of many colours he got for Joseph.

His Spiritual IQ was far more advanced than his siblings’, evident in the futuristic dreams that finally landed him in hot water.

He was sold to slavery by his siblings who were envious of him, and his death faked to their father. While in slavery he maintained his values even in very deep waters, taking no offence against God or his siblings.

Over time his dreams became a reality; his ascendancy was swift, he became the most economic savvy and influential prime minister of his era.

In the words of Rapper, Producer and Political Activist – Wyclef Jean on the subject;

It is not what you own but what you value that defines who you are

Friends, Joseph’s heart was in the right place.

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~ Sabali

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Essay: Strange Love

One has my name (the other has my heart), Nat King Cole

This song was originally released by Eddie Dean, and co-written by Eddie Dean, Hal Blair and Lorene Donnelly. It was later recorded by Jimmy Wakely, Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat King Cole, Willie Nelson and a host of other artists.

It is a track on one of Dad’s Nat King Cole albums — entitled’s Rambling Rose. I can still remember the sky blue sleeve and a picture of the young artist with a jolly smile on his face! I never got to hear the original version until much later, as a result Nat King Cole’s version will always have a special place in my heart. As the title goes, so does the tale. A man in dilemma between two women; one he was married to (has my name), the other he was in love with (has my heart).

What correlation has this got with matters of the spirit you might be wondering — well some theologians have described the bible as an epic love story. The story of a creator in love with His most precious creation — humankind. A love that leads to incarnation, birth and ultimately death for our sins. It can be encapsulated in these words from John’s gospel;

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

In the Old Testament the Prophet Hosea was commanded to go and search for his long lost wife who had given herself to prostitution. Once she is found, re-new his vows towards her and forgive her of all the hurts, pain and shame she caused him. A symbolic gesture typifying God’s undying love towards us, even though we turn our backs on Him in pursuit of other gods — self, money, sex and power.

Perhaps the most inspiring account can be found in the book of Ruth… In the days of the Judges there was famine in Judah. A man named Elimelech, his wife (Naomi) and their two sons; Mahlon and Chillion decided to relocate to Moab in the hope of a better life. They settled into life in Moab, their sons got married; Mahlon to Ruth and Chillion to Orpah. Sadly Elimelech dies, to compound matters both sons also died, leaving Noami with her daughter-in-laws.

Amidst this all Naomi gets wind that the famine was over in Judah, so she decided to head back home in the hope that she might be able to cope better with her misery. To her surprise, Ruth and Orpah decided to go back with her. On getting to the major road leading to Judah, she said to them;

Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the LORD show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. May the LORD grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.

Both women wept aloud clinging unto Naomi. But after much persuasion, Orpah decided to return, she kissed her mother-in-law and said her goodbye with a very heavy heart. With Orpah gone, Naomi continued diplomatic talks with Ruth, but the lady was not for turning. Her eyes were fixed on Judah, her spirit would only be separated from Naomi’s in death — wow! In defiance, Ruth went on to make this profound statement;

Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the LORD deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.

On that note Naomi rested her case, Ruth had won, she was coming to Judah — and the rest is history. In Judah she got back far more than she bargained for – she was blessed beyond measure!

Every now and then human radicals emerge demonstrating strange manifestationsOrdinary people doing Extraordinary feats. You see friends, Orpah had the lord’s name, but Ruth — His heart. Ruth went far beyond the call of duty! She made a vow like Orpah, however she chose to esteem hers — even after her husband’s death. In the words of her great grand son;

As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you oh Lord

Little wonder how this woman ended up in the chronicles of time and the lineage of Jesus Christ.

~ Sabali