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Have you heard of this?

                You know when someone comes into your life and opens it up?

You know what I mean? They help steer you down a new path. They teach you a new way of understanding. Every single encounter has value. Whether the encounter is positive or negative, whether your relationship with this person is 5 minutes or 5 years, they are on your path for a reason.

I love it when I’m especially aware of this as the encounter is happening. When someone introduces me to an idea or a resource and it feels like I was supposed to hear about that thing right then. The timing is perfect. It’s like an explosion of ideas and thoughts and feelings and energy! Sometimes when this happens to me, I talk so much and get so energized, I want to read everything and write everything and meet everyone and well, there’s not enough time in the day.

It’s as if I have been hurled in a new direction…propelled forward. It’s exciting! I picture God saying, “Sue needs a nudge in this direction, I’m going to introduce her to so and so. I think they’ll have fun together.”

Because I do believe in divine intervention and I do believe that God is intimately involved with the details of my life (and yours), I try to remain open to all encounters. I try to say “yes” as much as I can. I try not to fear a new idea or a fresh perspective because I believe God wants me to hear it…and because fear is so limiting.

This happened to last year when I was invited to be part of a group. I don’t know what to call it exactly so I’ll call it a “Faith Journeying” group. They are an amazing group of women! They introduced me to Krista Tippett and her “On Being” website and radio show. Here’s the link: http://being.publicradio.org/. This has been such a gift to me! She interviews different people from all walks of life. To me, she has the dream job. If you have time and haven’t listened to her before, I highly recommend a visit to the website.

Okay, so Krista Tippett is my cerebral, intellectual example. I have many of these examples: books that teach me and feed me and lead me to new ideas, seminars, speakers, blogs, etc. I love the intellectual study of faith and all of the conversations surrounding that.

I have an emotional, experiential example too. It happened the other day when I was in a group where people were praying. The woman that was praying was so full of grace, it took my breath away. She was literally laying hands on people and praying over them. The air in the room was filled with the spirit of God…kindness, peace, understanding, support, and love. I was moved to tears. She asked me to say the closing prayer and I cried all the way through it. I couldn’t help it. I was experiencing the presence of God and I was in awe. He was there. I know it.

Here’s the thing…we can know about God in many ways. We can know of God by reading about Him. We can know of God by talking about Him and reading His word. We can learn about God at church or in books or on the web. We can dive into all of that stuff and know it all well and yet, we may remain just acquaintances with God all our lives.

Sometimes, we need to actually meet Him, to feel Him. We need to experience Him.  Those are the moments that take our breath away. In these moments, we have goose bumps and our hearts are beating faster. Those are the moments that help us hang on to our faith. Those are the moments when we KNOW He’s real. He’s no longer just an acquaintance, He is present in our life, and He is a friend. And that’s when everything starts to change.

There is no way to predict what those moments will be. I can’t predict them for me or for you or for my kids. I can’t plan them or schedule them or mark them off of a to-do list. All I can do is say “YES”!

Say YES to all new spiritual experiences. Listen to people when they tell their stories of God. Really listen without an agenda or judgment. God is everywhere and in everyone. I just need to let go of fear and open my heart. It’s a choice every day. Actually, it’s a choice every minute. I’m planning on going with it.

What about you, are you going to say YES!?

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A Prayer

 

I read this at the Great Big Yes event in April and people have asked me to share it on the blog.  It is a great prayer from a book called, “To Bless the Space Between Us”.  Enjoy!

May you recognize in your life the presence, power and light of your soul.
 
May you realize that you are never alone,
That your soul in its brightness and belonging
connects you intimately with the rhythm of the universe.
 
May you have respect for your individuality and difference.
 
May you realize that the shape of your soul is unique,
That you have a special destiny here,
That behind the facade of your life
There is something beautiful and eternal happening.
 
 
May you learn to see your self
With the same delight, pride and expectation
With which God sees you in every moment.
                                                                            -John O’Donoghue

Source

We all have one source.

We all have the same source.  God made you. God made me.

However, we have many resources.  He uses many resources to get us in touch with our one Source.

Are you with me?

Here’s the thing.  There is not one way to know God.  There is not one way to find God.  There is not one way to worship God.  Yet, there is still only one God. 

Let’s not mix up “Source” with “Resource”.  For example, prayer is a resource, God is the source.  Yoga is a resource, God is the source.  The Bible is  a resource, God is the source.  Rituals are a resource, God is the source.  Church is a resource.  You get my point. 

Let’s not confuse what we do to worship God with God.  When we do that, we think our way is the only way.  When we think our Church is God, we are wrong.  God is God.  God is our source.  The church is our resource. 

How cool to know that I have all of these resources…I went walking in the fall and was awed by the trees and the leaves and the beauty of fall.  Nature is a beautiful resource.  It’s an illustration of God’s handiwork.  However, we don’t worship it.  We enjoy it, we find God through it and then we thank Him for it. 

I’m looking forward to being open to all of the resources He will make available to me.  I plan to use them all.  It’s like an all you can eat buffet…something for everyone, an embarrassment of riches…plenty.