In the past few months, I have read Richard Rohr’s book, Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and Twelve Steps twice. Once again, I do not agree with everything he says or believes, BUT, he has unique ways of helping us understand life and make sense of mystery.
Rohr says we must learn to let life come at us on it’s own terms, and not resist the wonderful underlying Mystery that is everywhere, all the time and offered to us (page 15).
He quoted Paula D’Arcy, spiritual writer and retreat leader as saying,
“God comes to us disguised as our life” (page 15).
When we let life come to us on it’s terms, we stop pulling against the goad. We allow life to flow unto us and we receive whatever it brings–joy, happiness, heartache, and/or suffering.
We fight the inevitable much of our lives and can’t understand why life is so hard.
Accepting things we cannot change is essential for our emotional, spiritual, and physical health. Then we must work hard to change what we can.
D’Arcy’s belief that God comes to us disguised as our life is so powerful. Most of us have many aspects of our lives we would like to change, but God is meeting us daily in the midst of our circumstances if we will embrace His plan for our lives.
If we embrace our reality, we can find peace; HOWEVER, if something is grossly wrong and we need to make changes, God will give us the strength to move out and onward.
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