Spirituality & Shampoo
The other day, I was at the store to buy bread and something told me to buy shampoo. I have been talking to the Holy Spirit for most of my life so I assumed it was her talking to me. My logical mind said “I am here to buy bread not shampoo.” I am a planner and this is what I planned to do today. Still, I had written a book about being open to spiritual suggestions rather than a slave to our logical mind and well-intentioned plans, so I bought the shampoo.
I went home and a friend called to ask me out to dinner. I decided to take a shower and wash my hair. I was in the shower and could not find any shampoo. I opened the shower curtain and saw that the shampoo I had just bought was within reach. I washed my hair.
Why do I tell you this silly story? Because I am a writer and want you to know that in God’s world nothing happens by accident. If you persist in being logical all the time and planning every moment, you will forgo the joy of knowing that God is taking care of every aspect of your life, even down to making sure you have enough shampoo.
Last week I wrote an article about being homeless and finding out that a day did not go by in which someone offered me food or enough money to buy food. One nice lady paid for my dinner at a restaurant. When you are open God, the gifts keep coming. Even if you don’t acknowledge God he keeps giving. Only you do not feel the joy of knowing you are loved.
I have not always believed in the goodness of God. When I was young, I had given up on him. I was one of those people that believed he could not love the world and let evil happen. But that is an immature way to look at God. He gives us free will and sometimes he does not interfere with the bad choices we make. This is not to teach us a lesson but to help us grow and mature in our faith.
I do not have many worldly goods, but I have my faith. I know that every second of the day he or his angels are watching over me and it is pointless to cling to my plans [my will] each day. I have to go with the flow.
It doesn’t matter if you are not religious or even what religion you want to belong to. What matters is a relationship with some higher power in the universe. Even Buddhists believe in Buddha who represented God here on earth. He taught people how to live a virtuous life and to find happiness in this world.
If you want to find true joy while on this earth, embrace a relationship with God or a facsimile of God. Believe in goodness, virtue, kindness, charity and yourself. At the same time, be humble. Know that while you are as important as the next person God is a higher power and you are just a little bit less than this. You are not better than or less than other people. You are spectacular lesser power in love with a loving higher power. It is the connection with God that brings us so much happiness—a perfect relationship—unlike the flawed relationships we have with people. God’s love is unconditional. Even when we mess us he loves us.
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