Sometimes when I read a biblical passage something about the words sticks in my mind as inconsistent with my image of a loving God. One of these is Acts 16:16-21 in which a slave girl with the spirit of fortune telling made her owners a lot of money.
When Paul and Silas arrived in town, she began following Paul and Silas and saying, “These men are servants of the Most High God and are proclaiming to you a way of salvation!” Now the story goes on to say that Paul was annoyed by her and instructed the spirit to leave her. She lost the ability of fortunetelling and her owners took Paul and Silas before the magistrates to punish them for the loss of income.
At this point the story shifts away from the slave girl and to how Paul and Silas were able to escape prison because of an earthquake. But, what of the slave girl? With her spirit of fortunetelling removed she was no longer of use to her owners. She would have been abandoned to care for herself. Perhaps Paul was not annoyed by her stating publicly he was a servant of God, after all, Paul never kept his role as a servant of God a secret. Perhaps, Paul was annoyed that someone with this gift of insight was a slave. Is it possible the real issue here was that her “gift” was being used to profit her owners instead of providing an income for her. Was the “gift” of fortunetelling later restored by God so that she could earn a living?
I for one find that she had a gift instead of a negative spirit and that God gave her this gift to be used by her for her. It was not a demon that was cast out and fortunetelling is not inherently evil. The traditional belief that fortunetelling is something to avoid instead of something to celebrate kept me from using my gifts for many years.
When I was 5, my mother was discussing my birth with me. She said when she got to the hospital, she was certain that I would be a boy because she already had a girl. She had not even picked out a girl’s name. The name she had picked out was Joe. She quickly searched her mind for a girl’s name that would go with Joe and named me Vickie Jo.
My mind modified what she said, and I believed she was disappointed that I was born a girl. I set it in my mind that to be loved by my parents I needed to be a “tom boy”. This was uncomfortable because I really liked the frilly dresses, shiny shoes and stuffed animals. Shortly after I started school, my brothers were born, and Dad started taking them to work with him instead of me. I translated that into he really wanted boys and I was a disappointment.
I was in my 40’s before I realized my parents were not disappointed at all, just surprised. Well surprises are often fun and welcome things. What a relief to return to the girl with frilly dresses, shiny shoes and feminine things.
Maitri is sanskrit for loving kindness. 11/17/17
Delicious Angel Healing from Serenity Vibration Healing.
Enjoy this healing trigger process from SVH founder Jill Marie. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ4vrE6c_0c&feature=youtu.be
“Thank God that we have been blessed by him to receive this understanding. And by understanding this, we can evolve the body, evolve the mind, evolved our consciousness, and solve our own personal problems, and also the problems of the world.”
~ Dr. Pillai
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
“A true knowledge of ourselves is knowledge of our power.”
― Mark Rutherford
“What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now.”
― Ajay SADH