“God comes to you disguised as your life.” Paula D’Arcy*
“Listen to your life.” Frederick Buechner
“You don’t need to find a spiritual path. Your life is your spiritual path. The next moment is your teacher. Whatever arises next, make it your spiritual path. What does the present moment require of you?
Nothing? Then nothing is your path.
To notice something? Then noticing is your path.
To act? Then your action is the path.
To give love? Then expressing love is your path.
To create? Then creating is your path.
To eat? Then eating is your path.
To be aware of your true Self? Then awareness is your path.
To shed tears? Then your tears are the path.
To be courageous? Then courage is your path.
To notice a pattern of thought or behavior? Then your noticing is the path.
To seek? Then seeking is your path.
To let go of seeking? Then the cessation of seeking is your path.
To be content? Then being content is your path.
To be struck by beauty? Then awe and wonder is your path.
To be seized by bliss and ecstasy? Then bliss and ecstasy is your path.”
“In a life of participation in God’s kingdom rule, we are not to make things happen, but only to be honestly willing and eager to be made available. …learning to live in such a way that we can receive the loving presence and relationship in our lives that is present in the trinity.” Dallas Willard
“Knowing God’s presence is simply a matter of awareness, of fully allowing and enjoying the present moment. …Then life makes sense. Once I can see the Mystery here, and trust the Mystery even in this little piece of clay that I am, in this moment of time that I am–then I can also see it in you, and eventually in all things. …[This] is simply pure and unbounded awareness on our part. …God is in all things precisely in God’s ever newness and God’s ever possibility.” Richard Rohr
“This is the day the Lord has made.” Psalm 118:24
Moving From the Head to the Heart
- Can you remember today to listen as God comes to you “disguised” as your day?
- Are you willing and eager to experience God’s loving presence in your day, no matter what that involves?
- Can you try to maintain awareness of “God’s ever newness and God’s ever possibility” in your day?
“Lord, if this that I am now going through is the right road home, then I will not murmur!” [Rosalind Goforth]
For More: Now and Then by Frederick Buechner
*Paula D’Arcy was twenty-seven years old and three months pregnant when a drunk driver killed her husband and her one-year-old child.