And in fact that is what is happening right now.
Life only works in beneficial ways. Long term gain is what life is about.
For instance consider an apple tree. An apple tree is part of nature, just as we are. We all, in a sense, belong to Mother Nature. (And need to treat our mother better, but that’s another story.)
Right now let’s think about an apple tree that decided it didn’t like one or some of its apples, and reached out, grabbed them off the tree and threw them off.
Impossible, of course. So let’s think of something totally realistic. Just how does that apple tree care for its fruit? It just continues to nurture every apple, supporting every one as best it can.
The apple tree never abandons its fruit. When apples are ripe, they leave in one way or another. For this is the natural pattern.
This is what the life force does — and we’re all a part of life. Life continues to nurture every atom and cell.
Let’s bring this life nurturing principle back to us, personally. Can you remember a really sad or tragic event that took place in your life?
When it seemed as if life betrayed you in some way? Remember how you felt then?
What has been the result of this? And how did your life evolve because of it?
Was there a new you that developed in light of all that happened? And some wisdom? Life is always going for long term gain.
Or can you go way back in your mind and recall some time when you believed all was lost, and then eventually found it wasn’t?
What new strength have you gained from this experience? And where has it led you?
And, even when you thought you might not make it through, are you still here? Are you still breathing? If so, you’ve made it!
Have you considered that there perhaps was a life giving force that helped you through this very difficult time?
What turned the corner for you?
Was it a person, or some idea or circumstance that supported you through those turbulent waters when you felt you were cast adrift?
I remember a time many years ago when my application for an eight month program for ministerial studies at Unity Village was rejected and I felt my dream of becoming a Unity minister was lost forever.
I was angry, disappointed, ashamed and embarrassed. I began to believe I was never meant for the ministry and became depressed.
But amazingly, a couple years later, I found something better was awaiting me. The two year ministerial program I had always wanted, but didn’t believe I could manage, opened for me in completely unexpected ways.
I had thought it was impossible to leave my husband and four children for two years to pursue my calling, and thus had short changed myself.
But Spirit knew my real needs and wouldn’t let me do what my ego thought was the rational thing to do.
And through some mysterious process I was accepted long after the class had officially been closed.
Life had shut one door, but opened another that was much better — the one I really wanted.
That experience helped my faith to deepen.
Faith is that within us which perceives something that is not apparent to the senses.
Faith is an intrinsic part of our nature. It is part of our Godseed.
Faith sees what the eye cannot see, and then forms it out of the seeming nothingness.
Faith takes hold of what seems invisible and brings it forth for all the world to see.
It is our faith that can carry us through life’s difficulties that develop our strength and wisdom.
Let’s not overlook all the daily opportunities the world provides for us to grow spiritually.
We can meet each of these difficulties with intentional faith. This brings us through the fires of life.
“In the world you will find tribulation; but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.” (Jesus’s words as recorded in John 16:33)
Tribulation. That’s an interesting word. Webster’s dictionary gives the Latin root of this word. Tribulation means to thrash; to beat. It’s not just something annoying or irritating.
Yes, even when we feel beaten or thrashed by life, there is something within us that overcomes.
The real overcomer doesn’t fight back. That’s an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and doesn’t lead us upward into new and greater dimensions of living.
The road to overcoming is the slow path of learning to accept what is and have faith in what is becoming.
Acceptance is blame free, guilt free. It brings ease and grace. It is the peace that passes all understanding.
This is how we become the Phoenix bird rising from the ashes.
Life is for us, never against us, and continually helps us develop our beauty, strength and wisdom.
Life won’t let you alone. Life won’t leave you behind. Life cares for you in a very impersonal way that is paradoxically totally personal. It simply keeps drawing you higher, no matter what.
Have faith in life. It’s always within you, supporting you and guiding you.