At a recent Chaplain training class we started sharing how God has shown up in our lives. Each of us kept getting more excited as we shared how God has organized our lives so miraculously. Suddenly a class member burst out with “How About That God!”.
When I talk about God showing up in our lives I am referring to those times when things come together in our lives so perfectly that it is beyond our human capacity to control it. It is as if a divine hand has organized people and events that has protected us or allowed us to connect with important people in our lives.
When I look at the scriptures of the world religions I realized that we shouldn’t be surprised when these things happen. Paul in the book of Acts says “That they should seek he Lord, if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him though he be not far from every one of us: For in Him we live and move and have our being.” In Islam the Quran says, “We indeed created man; and We know what his soul whispers within him, and we are nearer to him than the jugular vein.” In Sikhism it says “Ever is He present with you-think not that He is far. By the Master’s teaching recognize Him within yourself.” In Confucianism it says “The Master said, ‘Is Goodness indeed so far away? If we really wanted Goodness, we should find that it was at our very side.” In Hinduism, the Upanishad, says “Brahman shines forth, vast, self-luminous, inconceivable, subtler than the subtle. He is far beyond what is far, yet here very near at hand. Verily, He is seen here dwelling in the cave of the heart of conscious beings.”
I was at a pool party the evening prior to giving this Sunday talk and I met a neighbor and thought I would ask her if she had experienced one of these rare but special moments. She told me of a time when her children were young and she and her husband had taken them swimming. She was in the water and someone tapped her on the shoulder. She turned around and no one was there. She suddenly had the feeling to look for her son Matt. She called out to everyone and he was spotted in the bottom of the swimming pool. They pulled him out and resuscitated him. He recovered. There had been no one around her to tap on her shoulder so where did that tap come from?
So what about you? Do you get the guidance in the form of a whisper or a feeling? It is there for you when we open our awareness and recognize that we are connected. Deepak Chopra said, “We have a very intimate relationship with each other. We have a very intimate relationship with the rest of nature. We have a very intimate relationship with the universe and, the more we tune into that relationship, the more likely it is for us to have the memory of wholeness. And once we have that memory of wholeness it brings about the spiritual knowledge of our essential state -who we truly are. In order to find out who we truly are we have to bond with the universe.”