You've heard the expression, haven't you? "I just had an ah-ha moment." These are those moments when the "lightbulb goes off" in your head, and you start to see things more clearly.
And I'm sure you've also heard the expression, "Everything happens for a reason." That one has been tough to comprehend over the past years, but I think I'm finally getting it.
I had often heard people say if you listen very closely, you'll hear God talk to you and provide guidance or answers to your prayers. I have to admit, I never understood what that meant. Did these people really hear a voice?? I thought hearing voices wasn't a good thing...
But then I started reading The Secret. And I started to see things more clearly and "hear" those answers I'd been looking for. Finally! It isn't necessarily a voice that is heard, but other events that happen around you through which you will hear God's whisper.
If you're not familiar with this book, it explains the law of attraction and how we all create the lives we have through our thoughts and our feelings. What you think about, you bring about. Some may buy into that idea; some may not. I do.
The book goes on to say ask for what you want, believe you have it already, and then open yourself up to receive it. Really get clear in your mind what you want and just ask.
"Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." (Matthew 21:22)
I think for all of us life can sometimes get a bit overwhelming and we might start to see that we're not real thrilled with where our life is at or where it's headed. So it's time to make a change. But what kind of change?
For me, it was adopting a whole new way of thinking and having a new attitude, which started to happen after being knocked off my feet by some circumstances in my personal and professional lives.
Ask for what I want, believe it's already here, and receive it.
Expect the best, rather than the worst.
Be aware of what I say and think.
Stay focused on the end result.
This journey has not been an easy one, as sometimes it's felt like taking one step forward and two steps back. But I've certainly started to "hear" guidance from up above. And it's pretty amazing when that starts to happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Let us be silent that we may hear the whisper of God." Exactly.
I learned to pay attention to the people who cross my path at the most needed moments -- former customers and acquaintances whose enthusiasm for life bubbles over into yours through simple yet inspirational posts on Facebook; or a college friend who sends an email out of the blue telling you about the recent adoption of their little girl followed by a phone call during which she tells you that she always believed and knew they would have a child one day. Yes, there were moments of doubt, but she never, ever lost complete sight of the end result -- a complete family.
I recently heard a sermon by my priest reminding us to pay attention to what is going on around us because among all that activity is the push or inspiration we need.
And I've heard a particular song on the radio that I'm sure is speaking directly to me and my current situation.
Several days ago I had that "a-ha" moment. I finally got why "being knocked off my feet" was necessary.
I really think it was God's way of saying, "OK...this is going to hurt, and I'm sorry to put you through this, but it's the only way to get you to start making the changes you need to make."
When you take the time to slow down and think about what has been happening around you, it is clear how all of these events are working together to get you to where you want to be. A-ha!
So slow down, even for just a few minutes, and pay attention. I'm not so sure things are as complicated as we sometimes make them out to be. All we have to do is listen. The answers are always there for us.