Friday, June 16, 2017
In "Falling Upward" Richard Rohr wrote and I underlined, ""Sooner or later, if you are on any classic "spiritual schedule," some event,, person, death, idea, or relationship will enter your life that you simply cannot deal with, using your present skill set, your acquired knowledge, or your strong willpower. Spiritually speaking, you will be, you must be, led to the edge of your own private resources...This is the only way that Life...God...can get you to change, let go of your egocentric preoccupations, and go on the further and larger journey." Like a baby bird in the nest, we have to be pushed out to fly, to experience the new that is coming toward us.
Our first choice is to stay put. God's first choice is to lead us into a life where dependence on Him is necessary and required. Where we will always choose to stay is inside what we have come to call our comfort zone. Our comfort zone is the place where we can handle stuff. It is the place where we have control. We know what to expect and how to handle all the contingences. We really do not need God to help us because inside our comfort zone we have complete control of our life.
So, if God wants to do something new in us, or take us down a different path from the one we are walking. it may take something akin to a push. It may take some hard moment to make us move from where we are. It is not that God is going to send some personal storm to dislodge us, but He may surely use one that is about to blow us down. In the midst of life's difficult and unthinkable moments, it is always wise to listen for the voice of the Spirit. It is a voice which may lead us down a road we never would have chosen, but if the choice is of God, we can go like Abraham or Moses who walked into an unknown future armed only with faith that God was dependable.