I had a particularly hard day yesterday… I could give you the specifics, but they really aren’t important. It was one of those days when you really have to make the conscious effort to search around and find God. Hidden in the little nooks and crannies of life, He is there. But finding God can be difficult, particularly when you’ve been running around, driving, working, moving, sweating, and chasing the squirrels in your head all day.
Before I get too far into this, I understand that the G word is a difficult pill to swallow for some people. So feel free to call “God” whatever you want to call Him. Allah, Budda, The Light, The Supreme Being, Higher Power, The Big Cheese… whatever floats your boat, go for it. I’m reading a book at the moment where the author refers to God as Universal Intelligence and Source Energy. All fantastic names. Do I always refer to the Maker of Heaven and Earth as God? No, not always. But for the sake of argument, I will just stick to God in this article.
It doesn’t really matter what you call Him, however, believing in the existence of a power greater than YOU is the key to having a happy life, at least in my humble opinion. I haven’t always had this opinion. I mean, I’ve always believed in the existence of God, but never really had a personal relationship with Him, or believed that He had anything to do with my day to day life, until a few years ago, when I decided to drop all of my emotional bullshit and work on being a better person. That’s when the concept of God started to work it’s way into my life. I was told, by many a smart individual, that the key to happiness is to “Let Go and Let God”, “Hand over the keys”, “Surrender to the Almighty” , “Pray about it and forget about it”, yadda, yadda, yadda. (Anybody else watch Seinfeld? You yadda yadda’d over the best part! No, I mentioned the BISQUE.)
The problem with all those lovely catch phrases, is that they don’t mean BOO unless you understand the concept of God. And how do you do that? Beats the hell outta me! I just know that now, I’ve got a much better grasp on the God concept than I did three years ago because I consciously worked to improve that grasp. So here are a few things that I have learned about God:
- God is everywhere. At any moment of any day, you can pause, close your eyes, connect to your breath, and you will be connected with God. You can choose to say whatever you want to Him, or you can choose to just BE with Him. But he is always there, ready to give you an emotional snuggle.
- You must ASK for said emotional snuggle. I run my own network marketing business, and what is the biggest roadblock to making the sale? You have to actually ASK for the sale. If you don’t ask, you will always, and indefinitely, receive no sales. Same goes with God. If you need a little emotional spooning from the Big Guy Upstairs, you must take the time to stop, breathe, and ask for it. He is always there, but he’s also not desperately hanging around trying to improve your life by jumping in and offering love. It’s a relationship… do your part!
- God is love and love is God. The two are interchangeable. If you grew up with the impression that God stood on a mountaintop, waiting to release some sort of “wrath” on you, I’m telling you, you can drop that now. God is love. Love is the highest state of being… hence, when you are full of love for your fellow man, the guy who just cut you off in traffic, the clerk at the checkout counter, your husband, your children, your boss, YOURSELF (that’s the most important one of all!), you are happily basking in the clear blue ocean of God. So do yourself a favor, and start working on your love muscles… because if you want a closer relationship with God, you’ll need those glutes to be strong.
- God can do anything… and so can you. When you believe that you and God are one on one, mono e mono, BFFs, peas and carrots… then you will understand that you, aided by your pal God, can do ANYTHING you set your little ‘ol heart to do.
So, back to my day, which started me on this little track about God. I returned home last night after a full day of work, followed by driving my daughter to her gymnastics class, and working some more while she gymnasticized. When we finally did get home for the evening, it was just starting to get dark and the air was crisp. You know, like autumn air, that kind of crisp. As I pulled into the driveway, I noticed that my wonderful husband had mowed the lawn and I could smell the fresh-cut grass. In fact, it suddenly struck me, not only how wonderful the smell was, but how beautiful the color of the grass. It was the deepest, emerald green. I was so inspired by this beauty that I walked right onto the front lawn and plopped down on it so I could feel this beautiful, green carpet. I laid down and let it touch all of my limbs. Then I was so happy about this feeling, that I got up and started twirling around like a silly, little girl.
My daughter, Lilly, had been watching this from the front porch, and no doubt thought her mommy had lost it. Finally, she yelled down to me, “What are you doing?!” I replied,”Oh, I’m just being grateful honey.” To which she said,”Oh, so you were just talking to God. Okay.” Then she turned around and walked into the house. Yes, I thought to myself. That is the perfect way to describe what I was just doing. Sometimes, the six year old knows best.