Few of us are free of the strictures of time. We have appointments, deadlines, places to be, people to see, things to do. Sometimes we believe that our success lies in checking another obligation off our to-do list. Despite ourselves, especially when we want a desired outcome revealed immediately, we watch clocks, check our phones, peruse our calendars, tap our feet or drum our fingers if we have to wait longer than we like. Sometimes we experience this angst within our bodies, as headache, stomachache, backache, neck twinge, muscle cramps or shortness of breath. Other times we push or press for immediate results as our inner spiritual child jumps around asking: “Are we there yet?”
This pushing, prodding, forcing, demanding behavior, which we believe will reveal quicker results, actually blocks our way and slows our life journey. Instead of continuing to go deep within, through our contemplation, meditation, prayer and reflection practice, we keep checking our phones and calendars, looking for the outer results we demand.
Master spiritual teacher Emmet Fox (“The Door That Opens In,” © 1937) explains why our efforts to steer the universe are futile:
The door of the soul opens inward. That is often the reason we do not make our demonstration. We assume that it opens outward and we press and push against it as hard as we possibly can, seemingly oblivious of the fact that we are really but closing it all the more firmly against our good.
To work in this way is really to use will power . . . . It is simply trying to overcome by human effort and leaving God out.
Human nature is very prone to push blindly when frightened or frustrated. . . . Prayer, however, is essentially the refusal to be rushed by panic or by the existing current of things. In prayer, you must draw back from the outer picture, cease to press against events, and realize the Presence of God. The door of the soul opens inward.
Whatever is occurring in your life now, Blessed Reader, step back, release, put down the phone, let go of the struggle. Choose to open the door of your soul to place your faith and trust in God’s ever-abiding grace, infinite compassion and unconditional love. Choose to turn inward first, before doing anything else, to connect with yourself and God’s presence within you. Nothing on any calendar, phone or to-do list matters more.
© 2017 – Rev. Jennifer L. Sacks. All rights reserved.