Often there are times in life when we go through difficult periods, times when we feel as though we’re wandering in the wilderness – seeking direction, solace, and answers. And often, during those trying times, if we allow ourselves, it is as though we receive a subtle signal in the form of some small wonder.
It may be something as simple as turning on the radio and at that very moment, hearing the lyrics of just the right song, or opening the scriptures to a verse with poignant meaning, or even having a little songbird land nearby to cheer us up. These are some of the small things that have helped me along at such times, causing me to look heavenward, smile, and say a quiet, “Thank You!”
During a time in my life in which I had an important decision to make, I was trying to sort out my thoughts while hiking. As I looked out over the horizon, I noticed that the billowing clouds resembled a figure that seemed to me to point the way that I should choose. And while I know they were only clouds, like an angelic messenger sent to one needing help along the way, they were just as beneficial as all the other small wonders that I’ve experienced when I needed them most.
If we’re willing to look, Heaven is always sending messages from home.
The fear of losing control of our little world and turning it completely over to a higher, wiser power is some times more than we can bear. Fear is a hard thing to let go of. Releasing others from our expectations of them is even more terrifying, since *of course* we know what would be best for them! “If they could only see”, we exhale with a sigh.
Perhaps a higher power has often smiled at the irony.
God seems to have no fear of allowing us to take control of our life, knowing that sooner or later we will come to a place where we let go of fear, look up and grasp firmly the hand of One who truly does know best!
Let go of things you can’t control so you can focus on things you can.
I’m all too familiar with the excuse for not forgiving. I can’t forgive because I’m right and “they” are wrong! It feels like it would be much easier to let go of hard feelings if the other party’s actions were something we could condone. It just seems to kill us to let go of our need to be right.
Forgiving a humble and repentant offender is one thing but forgiving someone who doesn’t acknowledge any wrong and perhaps even continues it is quite another. We feel as if we would be letting the other party off the hook if we were to let go and truly forgive.
Well…perhaps the opposite is true. Perhaps we would let ourselves off the hook!
Freeing ourselves from the snare of bitterness, hate, fear, rage, obsession, revenge and judgment. Forgiveness is for me – for us! Forgiveness heals and releases us from the torture of our negative projections which simply bounce back and fester in our own souls. Forgiveness is freedom.
For the benefit of others as well as yourself, extend it!