I like to think of God as being a wild card in our game of life, for I believe God’s wild cards are always showing up.
Universal energy surprises us often in unexpected ways. There is a mysterious component to life.
An old Native American proverb puts it this way: “I sit in my self pity, while all the time the great wind is carrying me across the sky.”
The grace of God is at work whether we feel it or not. When things happen mysteriously bringing us great joy, we notice that something occurred that was not of our making. It’s like a wild card being dealt to us.
For instance do you recall when something so amazing took place that brought you great relief and joy? It just sort of fell into your lap and was certainly unexpected.
Or a time you were in great need and someone called or popped in—just when you needed them and helped you through the situation?
Often in life we are dealt a rough hand. It seems there is no way to win with these cards. And then something totally surprising happens. Life is full of mystery.
Another name for God’s wild card is serendipity. This is the adventure of going on a journey with a plan, a destination in mind, and then things happen unexpectedly and you get derailed. Plans don’t go as you had hoped. Then other things happen. A stranger might show up and everything is altered and you are moved into a new life, one not planned.
You started out to go “here,” and you ended somewhere else entirely, perhaps doing something you never dreamed you would be doing. And it feels so right! Just another example of God’s wild cards.
Can you remember a time when you need something so badly and had no way of getting it, and then someone unexpectedly offered to you just what you needed. Or you found it lying in the street—or written on a billboard. It just showed up. These are all examples of God’s wild card.
Surprises abound! Just when we are so sure that things will work out one way and they don’t go that way at all. Instead something better and unplanned takes place.
God’s surprises keep us fresh! We stop trying to predict the future with any certainty. We begin to learn that something will happen. So we continue to do what is ours to do in the best way we can. We never know when a wild card will come to us.
“Something will happen” is a good phrase to keep in mind. When we get worried about the likelihood of disaster, remember that something will happen. The universe is filled with wild cards. It’s called randomness.
Within the randomness there is an intelligence that moves everything forward. Yes loss and death occur. Yes, we are thrown off our feet and we move into a fertile energy field that has no form. It seems like a desert. We become disoriented. But in this wilderness something new happens. Gradually we sense our interconnectedness. Deep down we get the sense that everything is passing away. All is flow, change.
And when the time is right something new is born. Something happened.
As we listen carefully, and do our best to choose the most skillful actions, something new occurs. It’s built into the system. And this is a system that we know so little about. It’s infinite. It evolves. It’s filled with deep mystery. Over and again we find that loss and death do not have the final word. Something new continues to be born out of the chaos.
Who would have thought it possible? But it happens.
Therefore, I do my best to remember a line spoken by Norman Cousins: “No one knows enough to be a pessimist.”
We just don’t know. We don’t know when the wild card will appear. But life proceeds forward in unexpected and amazing ways.
And it always surprises us, coming at exactly the right time!