“It’s a God-Thing” was the comment, but I had to disagree…
I was talking about my week, about serendipity, about coincidence, about moment after moment lately, that have come along at perfect instances.
I was really digging into my experiences lately, during our open-discussion Sunday School Class.. and well, I just had to point out that saying these quinky-dinks, that have showered my life lately, are “God-Things”, just didn’t work for me too well anymore…
To point a few out, you can refer to last week’s blog, about my activities, about experiences that I actually had. These are not thoughts, ideas, dreams or desires. Lately, it’s been about ACTION. And Action produces Results!
These actions: ones that have come to me out of the clear blue ether, or that I reached out and grabbed, or were invitations that I accepted, have proven to weave together perfectly.
It’s just TOO PERFECT.
I am Not Complaining 🙂
And saying that these events are not “God-Things” isn’t a full truth either. I do believe they have been.
But that description, to me, points to a minority, points to few, points to the exception.
Here’s the problem. Lately, I’ve experienced too many coincidences, serendipities, and God Things for them to be the exceptions to my otherwise regular life…
They’ve just been jamm-packed, stacked, piled-up and toppling around all over the place.
If these are “God-Things” and they’ve taken over my life, then what are the other “Things” supposed to be? Are they “Me Things” or “Normal-Life Things”? And what happens when they go away? And what if God finds out that I’m just as broken-down and busted and raggedy in my thoughts and actions, as ever, and he decides to send me some un-fun God-Things into my days?? What Then??
During our Sunday School discussion, it was mentioned about Eyes to See, and Ears to Hear… and that helped me get a little closer to understanding.
Yeah, that’s feeling more true. I feel it like a bell-ringing clear, deep inside.
Really, my point is this: Everything is a “God-Thing,” there’s nothing that’s Not.
I remember that an awesome mentor and teacher of mine, Rabbi Daniel Lapin said once, “In the Hebrew language, there is no word for coincidence.”
So, what changed then? Did I start to get what I never had before? No.
Did I do something right, and get a reward from the Big Guy? NO.
Did I play Jesus in a skit, because I have a biblical-looking beard, some wavy-curl hair and then bawl on-stage in front of people, and that made Easter extra special for me, like never before?? Well, Yes, but that doesn’t entitle me to didly, in the way of divine favors.
I think it’s that I’m lucky enough to be growing into a new awareness. To be looking through New Eyes, to be hearing through New Ears… and all the stuff is just the same as always.
My experiences lately, could have been looked at with my old eyes, heard with old ears.
I could see something completely different in each encounter, in each action, in each exchange between people, and businesses and yes even my Church.
There are two sides to each of these amazing “God Things”, there is the angle that clearly shows new problems, hard work, difficult emotions, fears, embarrasment, the recedence of my hairline, instead of the few curls of my comb-over 🙂 These things can all be looked at from a different, a negative, and a power-draining perspective…
They could easily be described as the Victim’s favorite word:
Or I can choose to remind myself, in the moment that:
Everything is a “God-Thing,” there’s nothing that’s Not.
And just Go With It!
Own the next step. Be Confident that another serendipity is being created instantly underfoot. Look Up and move forward and feel the breeze, the exhilleration and the fear, but do it anyway.
To wrap up, I have been on a high lately, and I truly believe that nothing around me is earth-shatteringly different, except that my perspective is.
Keeping this perspective is a Commitment I’m making to myself.
And just like all Commitments, it must constantly be renewed.
And bruising these Commitments, challenging them, and making it hard on us is an “Enemy-Thing” that we do have the power to overcome.
Good thing is… I’ve got Help 🙂