Staying faithful requires that we release preconceived notions about how our lives “should” unfold. It also requires that we cease giving God directions and follow the directions and guidance always available to us.
In their life-transforming work The Quest: A Journey of Spiritual Rediscovery (© 1993, 2001), Richard and Mary-Alice Jafolla, former directors of Silent Unity, ask:
“Why do we insist on having things our way, when God’s way is so much better?” (p. 141)
Here are a few of their thoughts about God’s Will:
“. . . God’s will for you comes more as a never-changing murmur that laps gently upon your consciousness like ripples on the shore of a peaceful lake. God speaks to you in a still, small voice like the tapping of a conductor’s baton. It is a gentle tapping, a sweet nudging in the direction of your good.
“You will never know God’s will by intellectualizing and conjecturing what that will is. God doesn’t speak in words. God speaks to you in feelings, in dreams, in intuitive perceptions, through the words of others, through the love of others, in an inspiring story, in a beautiful scene, in the gaze of a loved one, in the face of a child, and in dozens of other gentle ways. You cannot know God’s will intellectually. Only be becoming aware of life, of living . . . can you hear it.” (p. 142)
As we allow ourselves to become aware of the life around us, we hear God’s Presence in new and wonderful ways. Then, we begin to feel ourselves guided in the best directions for us.
Lovely! I’m going to share this with my Metaphysics students, as we’re discussing Divine Will in this week’s lesson.