She had been away at a religious retreat, and was having an amazing time. Everything seemed perfect to her, the retreat grounds, the people around her were wonderful, and she was “buzzing” and feeling very connected to everything.
On one particular evening, just a couple of days before she was to go home, there was an amazing service and meditation. As she walked back to her room, the world felt more magical than she had ever imagined. Looking up over some tree’s, she then saw a beautiful fireworks display from the town that was near-by.
“It was just too much” she told me as she was relating the story. “I looked up at the sky and said, “God, how can it get any better? What could be better than this?”
Upon returning to her room, she called home to speak with her husband, who informed her, “As soon as you get home, I am moving out and we are through.”
She was blind-sided. She was shocked and stunned. She’d had no idea that anything was wrong in her marriage, and found out only later that her husband had been wanting to leave for quite some time.
It was as if God had put two fingers under her chin and lifted her head up. God had raised her into the clouds of bliss, so that he could get a good square shot at her nose.
She survived, but it hadn’t been easy.
I asked her, “Now as you reflect back on that incident, was it a “good” thing? or was it a “bad” thing?” Without hesitation she said, “Oh it was the best thing that ever happened to me. To see what he has become in life, there is no way that we could be together.”
We mused at how she had actually asked for it. She, in her bliss, feeling great emotion, had looked to the sky and asked, “How could things get better than this?”
And God promptly answered.
This story has several different aspects of importance to it. First, the example of feeling strong emotions, and using those to directly communicate and manifest. It is said that when we are feeling grateful, we will create more things to be grateful for. The higher our vibration, the stronger we attract.
Secondly, the story points out to me that I simply to not know everything. I cannot see everything. I don’t necessarily see “the big picture” at all. Sometimes I think I do. I might watch the news, or read a paper, I might feel like I know everything there is to know, but in reality, I don’t know much, if anything at all. (my spiritual advisor tells me frequently that “I don’t know” is a good place to start)
As a matter of fact, I don’t know enough to be able to differentiate the “good” from the “bad”. If I cannot see this in my own life, then how could I possibly see it in the world?
I was so fascinated by this woman’s story, because the same thing has happened to me. Making a list of “the worst times of my life”, I can easily see that though I perceived the “worst”, what I was actually getting was the “best”.
As spiritual beings having a human experience, we are going to get a surprise from time to time. We are going to be shocked. Things are going to go terribly in the wrong direction. Things are not going to work out the way we had planned. We are going to see “bad” things happen to “good” people. We are going to hurt, we are going to cry, we are going to question God.
I won’t go so far as to say that we are supposed to hurt and cry and question God, but I will say that it is in these times that we are forced to go within. Tough times force us to pull ourselves together, and to build a stronger relationship with God. Please note that “building a stronger relationship with God” or “getting closer to God”, means better things for us!
I invite you to contemplate this with me today. What have been the “worst times” in your life? What stands out to you? As you reflect, can you see any good that came out of it? Do you now feel like it was actually “for the best?” Can you see any good that came out of the experience at all?
Most often, people agree that their worst times did turn out for the best. There are those who have had very traumatic experiences, or seen terrible things, who do not see any good whatsoever in them, and this is fine too. In either case, we can be sure that there are many things that we don’t know about or understand.
God(the Universe) is coming at us like a tidal wave at all times. The Universe is trying to work for our good, to give us what would be best for us. The Universe is trying to show us, and tell us in many ways. Thinking that we know what would be best for us, we will sometimes find that we are incorrect. And it is okay.
Kyle Shiver is a Spiritual Healer and Inspirational Speaker based in Savannah Georgia. Kyle works with clients in-office, or via phone/Skype. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 912-495-8520 to schedule your appointment.