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There will come times in your life when you are frantically, feverishly busy. Deadlines will loom and much will need to be done in a short time.
There will also come times when there are few things that call to your attention. These will be times of rest and recovery, healing and restoration of balance.
But there will also be the mysterious times when you will have deadlines looming and other concerns will evaporate. These times show the magic and mysterious hand of the Beloved at work in your life most clearly of all, and I encourage you to look for them in your life. Whenever we can most palpably feel the hand of the Beloved at work in our lives, when we can see His footprints in the trail we walk as He has gone ahead and cleared the way, these are the times when gratitude comes easily. Seeing grace, how can we not give thanks? But you must look to see.
Providence is shown in many ways. When you or your loved ones are hungry, bread appears. When you lack the funds to accomplish your heart’s desire, there is a unexpected windfall. But, beyond all the material manifestations of grace, the mystery and wonder of providence is most frequently visible as holy timing. You need mental space to recover, and it is given. You need mental pressure to grow, and you are pulled into an avalanche. If you adjust your perception so that the ebb and flow of life is understood as a relationship of mental space and time, your heart will glow as you sit companionably with the Beloved.
Are things tough right now? Or are things easy, but you worry because you are not seeing the results you hoped for from your efforts? Are you not sure which direction to go, or does it seem like movement is impossible in every direction?
Reframe it, step back from the trees to see the forest. See how this little hill is just another in your life journey, see how far you have come and how the landscape naturally lends itself to your way forward. There are no maps or plans that can adequately provide for your travel. You must rely wholly, utterly on the guidance that you are receiving every moment. The seasons – both in the world and in your mind – arise and subside based on holy timing far beyond our comprehension. Leaving behind the rigid structures of ego-based grasping for control, living in providence means living and loving fluidly.
With faith and love, you see that your form here is a creature of the seasons. Trust in holy timing.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.