Opportunity – the answer to prayer

* invasion of the body-snatchers

Blessings are not so much bestowed as they are made available. When we ask God to do something for us, we expect the answer to be delivered to us on our doorstep, as though God were a cosmic ATM machine from which we can make withdrawals anytime we want. But our purpose here is to grow, not get fat, and growth comes from within. So, we have to move into the openings God provides, the opportunities to step up. This is what makes the spiritual life, the life of a Christian Mystic, an adventure.

Opportunity is a free-floating thing. Whoever said that it only knocks once clearly did not understand the nature of God. Opportunity never ceases to knock. Every experience is a chance to respond to the life power that is expressing itself through us. And when we fix our gaze upon a goal, no matter what that goal is, the universe conspires (breathes with us) to deliver. The more we respond, the less important the particulars become; any movement for whatever purpose becomes its own reward. To experience life is far better than having mere things.

General terms like health, love, and prosperity are highly specific to God. Love is either present or not. You are either making it financially or not. Your body is either functioning well or not. The particulars in these cases are incidental. Who you love doesn’t matter as much as whether you are loving and being loved. How much suffering is caused when we put the who before the what? How many opportunities do we miss by not maximizing the resources we have because we are fixated on an idea of what wealthy looks like? And what price do we pay for trying to fit our body into a pop culture stereotype? God sees the specific things we usually pray for as vague generalities, whereas ideals of health, love, and prosperity are truly specific.

Money is a thing; wealth is an experience. The only reason the economy has us by the balls is because our desire is out of control. Who’s responsible for that is irrelevant – everyone has a hand in this game. When is enough enough? Sustainability has become an abstraction, a generality, a non-sexy, fringe, pie-in the-sky political cartoon, when in reality our system is either sustainable or not. As long as we make things the object of our desire, the system will continue to bleed. We will lose this world and everything we have tried to make of it.

Pray for a loving, healthy, and prosperous world. The opportunities are all around us.

 

* A smear of vodka at 1000x magnification

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3 Responses to Opportunity – the answer to prayer

  1. Mark Terpstra says:

    I have come to the conclusion that there are 2 ways to be independently wealthy. One is to have more money than you need. The other is to need less money than you have.

  2. patrick rainford says:

    Why did you bother living?

    “So if you decide not to make use of the opportunities you have, not to try and live your life in a constructive way and be helpful, you’ll end up looking back at the end of your life, saying why did I bother living? ” – Noam Chomsky

  3. joel weber says:

    The Fall season in the Pacific Northwest has been completely over the top ( thank you beloved for the wet,cold “summer” ) walking down the street has been a ocean of color and texture. It is so much fun gathering leafs for dyeing ……. laughing as little childern watch me from their windows …….this to prayer and answer!!!!

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