The Sighing of the Almighty
There is an enormous secret in your heart, of which you have never been aware, because you have been living in a world without light. Your heart and your spirit have been wrested away by the evil one. Your eyes are obscured by darkness, and you can see neither the sun in the sky nor the twinkling star in the night. Your ears are clogged with deceitful words, and you hear neither the thunderous voice of Jehovah, nor the sound of the waters flowing from the throne. You have lost everything that should rightfully have belonged to you, everything that the Almighty bestowed upon you. You have entered an endless sea of suffering, with no power of rescue, no hope of returning alive, and all you do is to struggle and to be constantly on the move…. From that moment on, you were doomed to be afflicted by the evil one, kept far away from the blessings of the Almighty, out of reach of the provisions of the Almighty, walking down a road of no return. A million calls can hardly rouse your heart and your spirit. You lie fast asleep in the hands of the evil one, who has lured you into a boundless realm, with no direction and no road signs. Henceforth, you have lost your original innocence and purity, and begun to hide from the care of the Almighty. Inside your heart, the evil one steers you in all matters and becomes your life. No longer do you fear him, or avoid him, or doubt him; instead, you treat him as the God in your heart. You begin to enshrine him and worship him, and the two of you become as inseparable as body and shadow, committed to each other in life as in death. You have no idea at all from whence you came, why you were born, or why you will die. You view the Almighty as a stranger; you do not know His origin, let alone all that He has done for you. Everything that comes from Him has grown hateful to you. You neither cherish them nor know their value. You walk alongside the evil one, starting from the day you began to receive provisions from the Almighty. You and the evil one have come down together through thousands of years of tempest and storm, and together with him you stand against the God who was the source of your life. You know nothing of repentance, let alone that you have arrived at the brink of perishing. You forget that the evil one has tempted you and afflicted you; you have forgotten your origin. In this way, the evil one has been damaging you, step by step, even to today. Your heart and your spirit are benumbed and decayed. You have ceased to complain about the vexations of the world of men, and you no longer believe the world to be unjust. Still less do you care whether the Almighty exists. This is because you have deemed the evil one as your true father, and can no longer be apart from him. This is the secret in your heart.
As dawn arrives, a morning star rises in the east. This is a star never there before. It lights up the still starry skies, reigniting the extinguished light in the hearts of men. Humanity is no longer lonely, because of this light, which shines alike on you and on him. But you alone remain fast asleep in the dark night. You can neither hear the sound, nor see the light, unaware of the advent of a new heaven and earth, of a new age, because your father tells you, “My child, do not get up, it is still early. The weather is cold, so do not go outside, lest you be pierced in the eyes by sword and spear.” You believe only in your father’s admonitions, because you believe that only your father is right, as your father is older than you, and that your father loves you dearly. Such admonitions and such love cause you to stop believing in the legend that there is light in the world, and to stop caring whether truth still exists in this world. You no longer dare to hope for rescue from the Almighty. You are content with the status quo, no longer anticipating the advent of light, and no longer looking out for the coming of the Almighty as told in legend. As far as you are concerned, all that is beautiful can no longer be resuscitated, nor can it continue to exist. Mankind’s tomorrow, mankind’s future vanishes, is completely destroyed in your eyes. You cling to your father’s clothes with all your might, blithe to share his hardships, fearful of losing your traveling companion and the “direction” of your distant journey. The vast and hazy world of men has formed many of you, unflinching and dauntless in filling the different roles of this world. It has created many “warriors” that do not fear death at all. More than that, it has made batch upon batch of benumbed and paralytic human beings who do not know the purpose of their creation. The eyes of the Almighty survey each and every one of the deeply afflicted human race. What He hears is the wailing of those who are suffering, what He sees is the shamelessness of those who are afflicted, and what He feels is the helplessness and dread of a human race that has lost the grace of salvation. Mankind rejects His care, choosing to walk their own path, and tries to evade the scrutiny of His eyes, preferring to savor the bitterness of the deep sea, down to the last drop, in the company of the enemy. The sighing of the Almighty is no longer to be heard by humanity. The hands of the Almighty are no longer willing to stroke this tragic humanity. He repeats His work, time after time recapturing, and time after time losing again, and from that moment, He begins to tire, to feel weary, and so He puts a stop to the work in hand, and ceases to wander in mankind’s midst…. Humanity is completely unaware of any of these changes, unaware of the coming and going, the sadness and melancholy of the Almighty.
All that is in this world is swiftly changing with the Almighty’s thoughts and under His eyes. Things mankind has never heard of can suddenly arrive, whereas things that mankind has long possessed can unknowingly slip away. No one can fathom the Almighty’s whereabouts, even less can anyone feel the transcendence and greatness of the Almighty’s life force. He is transcendent in that He can perceive what humans cannot. He is great in that He is the One who is forsaken by mankind and yet saves mankind. He knows the meaning of life and death and, even more, He knows what rules are appropriate for governing the existence of the mankind that He created. He is the basis on which human existence depends, and He is the Redeemer who resurrects mankind. He weighs down happy hearts with sorrow and lifts up sorrowful hearts with happiness, all for the sake of His work, and for the sake of His plan.
Humanity, having left behind the Almighty’s provision of life, does not know the purpose of existence, but fears death nonetheless. With nothing to depend on and no source of help, yet still reluctant to close their eyes, they brace themselves to drag out an ignoble existence in this world in bodies unanimated by sentient souls. You live in this way, without hope; he too exists in this way, without aim. There is only the Holy One in the legend that will come to save the people who, moaning in the midst of their suffering, long desperately for His arrival. So far, this belief has not been realized in those who lack consciousness. Nevertheless, the people still yearn for it so. The Almighty has mercy on these people who have suffered deeply. At the same time, He is fed up with these people who have no consciousness, because He has had to wait too long to get an answer from humanity. He wishes to seek, to seek your heart and your spirit, to bring you water and food, and to awaken you, that you may no longer be thirsty and hungry. When you are weary and when you begin to feel something of the bleak desolation of this world, do not be lost, do not cry. Almighty God, the Watcher, will embrace your arrival at any time. He is watching by your side, waiting for you to turn back. He is waiting for the day you suddenly recover your memory: realizing the fact that you came from God, but at who knows what point losing your direction, at who knows what point falling senseless by the wayside, and again at who knows what point acquiring a “father.” Furthermore, you realize that the Almighty has been there the whole time, standing watch, awaiting your return, for a very, very long time. He has been watching with desperate longing, waiting for a response without an answer. His standing watch is beyond price, and it is for the sake of the human heart and the human spirit. Perhaps this standing watch is indefinite, and perhaps it is at an end. But you should know exactly where your heart and your spirit are right now.
May 28, 2003