July 31, 2020
I just listened to a recording of Ian Morgan Cron who wrote the book “The Road Back to You.” He was speaking at a Spiritual First Aid Summit, which was developed in April so that people could learn tools which would help them deal with the pandemic. If you remember, my May 20th letter also focused on information I had received from the same summit.
Cron said, “This is your life. These are the terms. What is the invitation? Embedded inside each crisis there is an invitation from God calling you to become someone new. What is God’s will for you in this situation over which you have no control?”
Now that is food for thought! First we have to look at the terms of our lives. These days the terms look grim. The Corona Virus is rampant in our country and does not look like it’s getting better as a whole. There is international conflict, political division, and racial unrest. All of these are outside terms. At the same time, we also need to look at the terms of our lives from the inside. What do we bring to the picture emotionally, intellectually, physically, and spiritually? These inside terms have been formed through the years from our experiences, and at the present moment we need to get to know them, understand them, and accept them. We have no control over these terms as they stand. So what is God’s will for us? As Cron said, it is to become someone new, to take steps to evolve spiritually, even if they are mini steps.
To become someone new, it is important to look at the lessons the universe is sending us in light of the terms given to us. Every day of every moment, there are lessons to learn. We just need to pause long enough to notice. Cron suggests that we start to realize that we have never been in control; that our ego convinces us that we have some control over our lives and the lives of others. When I heard this, I realized that my thinking I have control over events and other people is why I worry so much. It is the source of my anxiety. My belief is that if I think long and hard enough about the “what ifs”, I will prevent myself from suffering because I will have figured out ahead of time what to do in any situation. I can tell you from my experience that this is no way to live. My being a “future disaster tripper” destroys my peace, and in reality it gives me no additional power actually to know exactly what is about to happen, even in the next second. Realizing this motivates me to live in the present moment. While I still have to do the next right thing in order to help implement positive change in myself as well as the circumstances around me, I now realize I need to leave the results up to God. I need to learn to trust Him. THIS is God’s will for us.
“When You don’t move the mountains I’m needing You to move
When You don’t part the waters I wish I could walk through
When You don’t give the answers as I cry out to You
I will trust, I will trust, I will trust in You!” (Lauren Daigle, “I Will Trust in You”)
To listen to the entire song go to this link. Believe me, it will be a real treat.
With love and peace,