Sunday, March 22
John 1:9-10 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.
Be Open and Aware of God’s Voice
At times during my life I have experienced fear, anxiety, and uncertainty in the midst of challenges. At those moments, I remind myself that I am in God’s hands. Sure, I want to strive to meet the goals I’ve set, I want to give my best to everything, and I want to offer myself in service to others. But wait, perhaps God has plans that I’m unaware of. As hard as it is to let go and wait, I have come to realize that the angels above need a chance to lead me. A few examples show how being open to God’s plans took me on journeys I had not envisioned.
- After my oldest sister died in a tragic auto accident in 1976, I had a tough adjustment in the next semester of college far away from family. My brother-in-law convinced me to fly home for winter break, and then my dad arranged for neighbors to have dinner with us. Unbeknownst to me, Richard was in the group, and that’s how I met my future beloved husband.
- In graduate school, I was unsure of my career path, but a friend suggested a seminar that included practice teaching, so I reluctantly signed up. Before long, the professor told me I had unusual gifts, and suddenly my career in education was in motion.
- After watching my younger son make some poor choices as a teenager, I was perplexed and worried, so we sent him off to a distant wilderness camp one summer, not knowing how it might affect him. When he came home, I marveled at the positive changes.
- While chaperoning my older son’s marching band trip to London, I ended up with a broken toe, which kept me down after returning home. With time on my hands, I applied for a Fulbright award. To my surprise, I was accepted and headed to Japan that summer. I was scared, because I had never left my family for more than a couple days, but that six weeks turned out to be a life-changing cross-cultural experience.
Many of us are more comfortable with detailed advance plans, but I have discovered that mindfulness includes letting go. Instead of just focusing on what I want or expect, I’ve found that leaving the door open to new possibilities can bring unanticipated fulfillment. God is always here, but we need to open our eyes to see the light He shines so brightly upon us.
Prayer: Dear Lord, Show me the way forward. Help me be still and know that you are always with me, each and every day. Amen