What Does It Mean to Rely on God?

The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) by night, under the Magellanic Clouds

by Michael Maciel

Does it mean give up, surrender, do nothing? I suppose in certain circumstances it could, as in when you’re really suffering and you’ve run out of options. But what about when things are going well? What about then?

Relying on God can be fun when you’re engaged in a project that fires you up. In fact, intuition and bursts of insight ARE what happens when you reach up into the rarefied parts of your mind and allow what’s there to filter down.

Everyone has their own definition of what God is. Unfortunately, it usually involves great distances in space and time. Remote. Aloof. Ambiguous. What kind of God is that??? I prefer the kind that is closer than hands and feet, the kind that WANTS to engage with me in the most mundane parts of my life, like a little kid who wants to help.

That’s the kind of God I can LIVE with.

The next time you have a task, a chore, or an assignment, picture it already completed, and then let that finished state pull you through the process to its completion. Don’t think about it. Thinking just gets in the way. Let it SHOW you what to do.

Or, if that doesn’t come easily, choose an outcome that you really want in your life and write it down as clearly and completely as you can. Write it as a FACT. Then, read your statement every morning, noon, and night out loud to yourself in private. Read it forcefully, knowingly, and positively. Do this for twenty-one days – three weeks. Then keep your eyes open for the changes that occur. Even the bad ones will move you closer to your goal.

Whatever your definition of God is, just realize that the word itself implies something larger, greater, and more capable than yourself. It is your highest conception. And even if your highest conception doesn’t come anywhere close to the reality of God, at least it’s pointed in the right direction. And like a radio antenna, it will pick up the signal.

And, oh…don’t forget to say thank you. Otherwise, you might start thinking that you have some kind of superpower, when really it’s a gift, not something you did all by yourself.

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4 Responses to What Does It Mean to Rely on God?

  1. Melanie says:

    I love your writings! Thank you.

  2. Melanie says:

    My, your blog hits the spot and lot! Blessings to you Michael.

  3. Jeanne Ohm says:

    KEY: And, oh…don’t forget to say thank you. Otherwise, you might start thinking that you have some kind of superpower, when really it’s a gift, not something you did all by yourself.

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