Isn’t that a great definition?
Imagine feeling that you can live with something the way it is right now — even when it doesn’t look pretty.
The puzzle has not been solved and your brokenness is still here, yet you can breathe and relax into the arms of the everlasting God.
Yes, the situations are still difficult, but you are able to remain centered, knowing that things are always in motion, always changing, and always moving into a more divine pattern.
For this is how life flows. It is born, it dies, and all that is lost in the outer is gained in interiority, creating a richer within.
Somehow through this process we blossom in the Spirit!
And it’s all a mystery!
I believe this requires trust in a universe that is friendly, one that will not leave us bereft, and is growing us spiritually.
We all have “life” to deal with. And it comes with every dawn.
Like it or not we are given the challenges and opportunities our soul needs for spiritual growth.
These growth opportunities are probably what we signed on for when we made the agreement to be born. (Of course it was in the small print. Maybe we were just too excited about returning in a body that we didn’t pay attention to it.)
A mature person squarely faces the fears and the dilemmas of each moment with the awareness that the grace of God has already met each situation and a harmonious outcome for all is in process.
Time and patience will work it out.
A mature person spends time each day cultivating their inner garden of peace, love and equanimity.
Every loving act will reap rewards of kindness and love.
Every unloving and narcissistic act will reap suffering.
Maturity demands our willingness to pay attention to the points of conflict within us, reflecting on them in a way that brings spaciousness to them.
We can take long mindful breaths, creating space for God to work by slowing down our minds and bodies.
We can let these points of opposition speak to each other, either in our imagination, or in our journals.
Over time disagreements can be sorted out and brought together when opposites come together in a relational way, listening to each other respectfully.
As we stay with this process, letting life breathe something new into each troubling situation, surprising and beneficial things happen. The pieces begin to flow together in a new pattern.
A mature person learns how to sew the broken places of their lives back together.
Ann Lamott tells us in her book, Stitches, to take some thread, tie a knot in one end, pick up the pieces of our lives and begin sewing.
Choosing any color thread we desire, stitch by stitch we lovingly sew the ragged edges of our lives together.
But don’t forget to tie that knot in the end of the thread.
Maybe that knot is the awareness that we live in the grace of God.
Grace is the activity of the Holy Spirit that is always stitching us back together, bringing forth more wholeness.
It’s our mission and our destiny to join together what has been pulled apart.
Keep stitching away and let yourself fall into grace, over and over.
One day you’ll look onto the tapestry of your life with surprise and delight, seeing how beautiful it is!
So, be at peace now. It’s all in process.
Do what’s yours to do, giving thanks for the peace of God that fills you with the courage to follow divine guidance.
Trust the process.