A guest post written by Judy Woodson from Palm Springs, California.
A few years ago an acquaintance of mine pointed out to me that if you view a piece of needlework art from the bottom, or from underneath,- all you see is a big mess of threads hanging down. It looks a bit like chaos! But when you view it from above as the viewer is intended to see it,- you are treated to a beautiful design.
This thought struck home with me as an important analogy of the way we can view our lives. Sometimes events and all that seems to be going on around us make us feel like helpless victims in the midst of chaos. But I’ve discovered that in striving to get a higher view of my world, I can actually begin to see a beautiful working out of events emerge.
Some years ago I was working as a singer and musician at hotels around the world. It was a wonderful adventure in that the hotels would fly me there, provide a room in the hotel as well as all my meals, and all I had to do was show up and sing and perform at night. My days and my days off were completely free to explore whatever city and country I was performing in!
However, the down-side of this was that while sometimes I would be booked a year in advance, there were other times when I didn’t know where my next job would be coming from which made it challenging financially and also in planning my schedule.
There was one particular year when I was booked with engagements January through May, and also October through December, but I had a whole four month stretch during the summer with no bookings lined up. Adding to this challenge was the fact that I wanted to attend a special church meeting with some friends in Mumbai, India in September. Plane tickets to India are expensive, so buying a ticket in advance didn’t seem wise or prudent,
And since I also didn’t know which country I’d be flying from with no booking yet for August, I wouldn’t have known what to list as my boarding point in buying a ticket. It just seemed there were many questions without answers and a seeming lack of means with which to go where I wanted to go. It appeared to be quite a dilemma!
I was working at a large hotel in Berlin, Germany at the time I was thinking about all this, and my first impulse was to start humanly planning what country I wanted to work next and to try to get a job in. But I decided instead to stop myself from human outlining and to instead actively strive to get a higher view of my situation. And for that higher view, I turned in my thoughts to God, the “most High.” In The Bible in Genesis 1 God is revealed to us as the intelligent Creator of the universe, which made everything in perfect order and in its perfect place and “behold it was very good“. We also learn in 1 John that “God is Love.”
I realized that since both my employment and this meeting for church were right ideas, then they must have their source in God, the grand Creator, that they must be protected by Love and worked out in every detail in the most perfect way by this unerring and all-powerful Creator which is Love.
Each night when I sang and performed in the huge atrium area of that hotel I strove to tune in to feeling God’s presence and goodness right there with me. And I felt it strongly.
Each day I would go out jogging in the afternoon and when I came back in to the hotel, I would ask the front desk staff if there was a fax for me, (since my job offers always came from my agent by fax.) The front desk staff replied for several days that there were no faxes for me.
One day as I was jogging and working with the ideas previously mentioned, I just felt so enveloped in God’s love that I forgot to ask the front desk if there was a fax for me. Just then I heard a voice from the reception area calling me and telling me I did have a fax that day. It was from my agent. And there were 3 job offers. One of them was for a job in Ireland. One of them was for a job at a hotel in Dubai. And the third job offer was for a 5 star hotel in Mumbai, India for the 4 month period I needed work.
An interesting detail was that my agent had no idea I wanted to go to India in September.
I had never mentioned it to him. And I had never ever imagined working in India. But by getting a “higher view” of my situation and by trusting God, it turned out that I didn’t need to buy a plane ticket to go to India, as the hotel paid my round trip airfare. I didn’t need to buy meals, as all my meals were included at the hotel. I didn’t need to find a place to stay as the hotel gave me a beautiful room to stay in. And I had 3 days off to attend my special church meeting.
The whole experience taught me a wonderful lesson about how when we strive to lift our thoughts above what can seem a chaotic or challenging human situation, whatever it may be,- and to actively strive instead to see that higher view, the way God might see us and our activities, we are rewarded with the most beautiful design and working out of events,- more perfectly than we could ever dream up for ourselves.
In the words of Mary Baker Eddy from her book Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, “Divine Love always has met and always will meet every human need.”