As Jesus says, only God can do all things, not humans. Matt. 19:26.
What are some of the things humans try to do that only God can do?
Off the top of my head I’m guessing we try to do what is impossible when we attempt to control outcomes—to make things happen.
Through awareness I note how much I suffer when I am trying to push something through, to force a situation or manipulate outcomes.
Perhaps as one ages one realizes how much striving goes into to trying to create something, rather than assisting with the flow of harmonious energy that is always here and available.
I suffer less when I just “let things be what they are.” It feels less stressful when I slow down for a moment—breathing with awareness and relax into the acceptance that things the way they are for now.
The very breath that flows through each of us is changing things each moment whether we realize it or not.
But when I try to push things into what I want I’m trying to do the impossible.
When I wish things were different or try to avoid something I am trying to do the impossible—and it hurts.
Whether I understand it or not things are exactly the only way they could be, due to the thoughts, emotions and actions that have been sown. These are causes and conditions that have been thought, felt and acted into being. They are here, like it or not.
Yes, whatever is sown will be reaped.
Also whether I understand it or not there is an upward movement of energy that is always in the “making.” The stuff of the universe knows how to evolve into ever increasing beauty and harmony. It uses everything, and leaves nothing out.
In the book of Job we are given some powerful insights about life. This book is the oldest story in the Bible. It was told around campfires for hundreds of years before it was written down. It is a story of how to let go of the arrogance of thinking we know what should take place—thinking we can manage life. Through Job’s suffering he learned to let things be as they already are, and choose to see it differently.
He had suffered long and hard without understanding why. He thought he was being punished even after doing everything right. He hung onto this story for a long time.
But the questions that came through his friend Eilihu woke him up. He felt as if he was being directly spoken to by God, thus causing him to see things differently.
I paraphrase a few of them from Chapters 38 & 39:
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
And do you know how to keep the oceans in their boundaries?
Did you lay the corner stone of the earth when the morning stars sang together?
Do you understand death?
Can you command snow, thunder and hail?
Can you direct lightening?
Can you direct the paths of the stars?
Do you know how to provide food for the lions or the ravens?
Can you cause the seasons for the coupling of the animals?
Did you give the horse its strength?
Did you arrange the feathers of the peacock?
Declare, if you know all this!
These humbling questions helped Job shift into the place where he knew it was not he that was controlling life. He realized that something greater and wiser than he was leading life forward. He simply was not in charge of results, outcomes.
Through these changes of heart and mind all was restored to him, both his health and wealth.
We, too, can choose our attitude, our thoughts, but we can’t control outcomes. We can sow seeds of lovingkindness. We can trust universal energies to unfold.
We can become intentional. We can explore our feelings and our emotions. We can observe the energies that pass through us and make a decision of whether to act upon them.
We can ask ourselves what is the most helpful thing to do in each situation. We can look down the road to see where possible avenues of action will lead.
We can wait for guidance, as Job learned how to do. Thus we develop patience.
Through these actions we do alter the future.
When we stop trying to do the impossible we become so much happier!