A guest post written by Lani Meanley Collins
For me, it takes concerted daily effort to overcome the hurry and worry – can I get all the things completed and respond to all the people and the circumstances that demand or need attention? I am reluctantly and humbly coming to the conclusion that the answer is, “No, not alone.” I ask, sometimes minute by minute, “Dear Lord, what should I do right now?”
Sharing this idea of reaching out to God is not intended to exclude anyone. The purpose is to raise thought above the din of “life” to the comfort and security of Life in God (or whatever it is you rely upon) especially when the human fails or disappoints. Lifting thought enables each of us to give gratitude for our many blessings.
In my undergraduate work in Religious Studies, I was fascinated when I found common threads running through many religions. For the majority in the world, the higher, holy being is not called Christ. For some it is not even called God. But the concept that there is a higher or wiser something is part of every religion.
The Christ, or whatever you call that higher something, is talking to each of us all of the time. Are we listening? One of the ways He expresses His love to us is by giving us ideas. Ideas come from Him through many different places, persons, and things, in many different ways. Are we, the nation, the world listening? It doesn’t take everyone – although that would be outstanding – it takes some of us listening. At one time it may be you, and at another time it may be me, listening and moving with Him to help leaven the disquiet in the world.
The Bible says, “From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” What is interesting is that Mary Baker Eddy, the discoverer and founder of Christian Science, defines rock as “Spiritual foundation; Truth” in her well-known book, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. So, the quote from Psalms could read, “when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to Truth (God) that is higher than I.
My to-do lists (sometimes they feel like worry lists) can sweep me into a state of thinking that is anything but receptive. Are we shutting out inspiration, those angel messengers that speak to us all the time? Or are we letting the angel thoughts lighten the load, guide and move us through our day, leading the way? I cannot think of a single time that I regretted taking a moment to quiet my thought and listen for inspiration.
So the next time you look at your to-do list, or begin to worry about the challenges of a family member, friend, our country, or the world, think about what the psalmist said, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” Inspiration will come. God’s love is here, now.