Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.Matthew 7:7-8
In these last two months our daily habits have been upended, our busy calendars cleared. Auto-pilot isn’t useful in new terrain, so we have to pay attention. We have been pushed into waking up, invited to choose anew. What will we put into our lives? Let each of us look deep into our own soul and ask, “What am I asking, searching, and knocking for today?” It’s likely something really simple like love, belonging, or peace of mind. By checking with our soul we have made an essential discovery—it isn’t “things” that we truly long for. It is our inner life with all of its color, richness, and meaning.
This time of turbulence brings a gift in its hands. We no longer have to dance to the harsh tune of outer demands. In the new quiet space we hear God’s tender calling. We listen. It may take a while to slow down. It will take courage to face the emotions and thoughts that surface. And it is well worth it. The gift is the assurance of connection with our Christ self and with our own divine soul. We are all and each being called to fulfill our spiritual mission, to live it out into the world. We are here to give our deep gifts. The time is now. The pandemic and the economic hardship it has engendered are not here to destroy us. They are here to wake us up.
When you just want to go back to sleep because it all feels too much, remember that God, the force of life itself, is within and with you always. Call on God and God’s Presence will reveal itself to you in exactly the way you need. Keep this truth shared by the Celtic Christian Tradition tucked closely in your mind and heart, “At my lowest God is my Hope. At my darkest God is my light. At my weakest God is my strength. At my saddest God is my Comforter.”
Friends, God is always here within and among us. Knowing that is the best part of waking up!
In the Love and Light of the Risen Christ,