Living Beyond Understanding— #chaseYOUchallenge
Rob Bell says it well: “There’s something bigger going on here.” What if there always is, always has been, and always will be? But, we refuse to believe in miracles, walk through life in a stupor of oblivion, and simply are scared to acknowledge that there could be something bigger than ourselves at work in the Universe
You know what I’m scared of? I'm afraid of speaking too much about what God is doing in my life. Of telling you that there’s something bigger going on in my world right now that I can’t exactly explain, but that it completely excites me, intrigues me, and has me living in a heightened state of awareness. In my world, I call this thing happening, ‘God.’
This force— 'God'—is not a passive topic of conversation. He or She or It is not a passive force. What is working behind the scenes is often beyond understanding. That’s where the magic happens; beyond understanding.
With the #chaseYOUchallenge, I’ve committed 15 minutes a day in reading something that is uplifting and spiritually slanted and 15 minutes to prayer or meditation. I’m not on my knees or excessively studying Bible verses. I’m just being still and mostly contemplating the wonders and miracles of life. And I’m asking. Oprah says that,
“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”
When I feel lonely, I’ve been acknowledging that. Then asking, “God. I want to see you in some way today. In something. I want to see that it’s not just me here in this.” And moments of magic and unexplainable miracles are happening right and left and up and down, and I’m so absolutely giddy in excitement over the sense of love and adoration that Someone must have for me. The intangible is becoming real, not because it hasn’t always been that way, but because I am approaching life differently; with a desire to be aware, a dedication to growth, and a belief that only the best is intended for me. You don’t have to believe in God to realize that those mindsets are powerful and life-changing, in-and-of-themselves.
So, let me tell you about London…
“He said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm…How is it that you have no faith?’Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’”—excerpts from Matthew 4:39-41
My word for this year is ‘Abundance.’ I’m looking for that, focusing on that, and desiring that. For the first time in my life I’m truly expecting abundance. God promised it, right? Why have I waited so long to take him up on his offer? I was thinking about how even the wind and waves obey God. That He has the power to do much more than I can hope for or ask. That He desperately wants to give me, “abundant life.” Could it be that living abundantly begins with him blessing even my smallest, most unnecessary wishes?
I had made plans to go to Sky Garden while in London this past week. It’s hard to get tickets and the excursion must be planned weeks in advance. I have been wanting to go for quite awhile, but always hope to get a sunshiny day in the city as the 360 degree views from the 35th floor are epic. The captain and all of my crew told me that, “It’s going to be shit weather.” I laughed and said with conviction, “No! It’s going to be sunny for me.” I hoped. It would be nice. I believed it could be, but if the weather was bad, I knew it probably wasn’t going to get better. I knew the logic, but I chose to believe the irrational— That I would 100 percent have sunshine.
And let me tell you, I have NOT seen such a sunny afternoon in London in quite some time as I did that day. And let me tell you, I was practically in tears of gratitude, my heart so feeling so full of love and excitement and appreciation. You could say the sunshine was just a coincidence and how can that actually be for me? I’ll shrug and tell you, I don’t really know; it’s beyond understanding.
But so what? It happened. Miracles are happening every moment, and it’s our choice if we want to see them or not. It's our choice to become more aware. It's our choice to ASK for them.
Remember, you don’t get what you don’t have the courage to ask for. It could have been sunny in London even if I didn’t ask, but since I did, it was a gift from the Universe to me; like someone said, “I hear you. I see you. And this little light and warmth I’m showering upon you is just because I adore your little mess of a self!”
AHHHH…now that, to me, is AMAZING.