Things are getting back to normal (whatever that is!). My husband is doing great -- just one more week of restrictions and he'll get a clean bill of health. The book I was working on is done. All kinds of other things have been resolved. At last, at last, I can get back to the work that means the most. More of living the life that truly is life.
Of course, I learned tons during my husband's illness and all the complications to the daily round that came with that. I could go on for days (and you know I can do that!), but I've reduced all the tiny lessons down into one important one I want to share with you, that I think might help us in our journey to living the God-life. It's not going to sound all that profound but it's bigger than we think. Here it is:
You never know when you wake up in the morning what the day is going to bring, and the only way to be prepared for whatever comes is to stay close to God all the time.
Yeah, I know, we always say we need to be in constant prayer, be always aware of God's presence, etc. etc. We also always say that's pretty much impossible because life itself gets in the way. I get that.
But what I know now is that this is a CONCRETE reason to keep that conversation with God going. I recently wrote a book for adults called Unexpected Dismounts, the second in a trilogy about a woman who feels God nudge her to, "Go buy a Harley." She does, and then she continues to heed the nudges and obey, which takes her down some pretty rough paths. And along the way, there are many, as the Harley riders say, unexpected dismounts: falls and spills and crashes-and-burns she didn't see coming. I wrote about that, but until it happened to me in a close-to-home way, I'm not sure I believed it myself.
Now I do.
And I want us to spend some time looking at it more deeply in our lives. Not so we're always waiting for the other shoe to drop -- always expecting the worst -- continually looking over our shoulders for what might be gaining on us. After all, some of those unexpected things can be delightful surprises.
No, this is more about having a solid core so that we're (a) not shattered by the things that blindside us and (b) able to fully embrace the amazing out-of-the-blue stuff we didn't even dream of.
So let's start off doing two things, eh? (I'm still feeling the pleasant after-effects of my trip to Canada!) If you want to post, you can share your thoughts about one or both. And of course you can always email me privately.
(1) Imagine a solid God-core within yourself and give it a metaphor. Mine, which came to me very vividly during my last week at the Academy, is a pillar. How cool was it to go to "The Abbey" in Quebec when I was visiting our Crystal and find exact replicas of the pillar I envision at my core? What's your metaphor for the very real presence of God in your soul?
(2) Think of a time when you were shaken by an unexpected event -- a devastating knock-down, or something that shoved you off course, or an event that changed everything for the better. You can, of course, comment on more than one.
Then we'll take it from there. I'm thinking we're going to come up with a gallery of amazing images, and in fact if you are artistic or you have a photo that embodies that image, please attach it to an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will share it with the group. I think we're onto something, eh?