Recently I was thinking how often I had labeled things in my life bad, when in hindsight they led to greater understanding and spiritual growth.
How often things aren't what they seem when we are willing to dig more deeply, when we open ourselves to new ideas and ways of being.
I read a story about a statue of Buddha that was made of gold.
An army was about to overrun the town where the monks had the Buddha, so they decided to cover it with mud and mortar as a disguise.
The ruse worked, and many years later, when all the monks who knew the secret had passed on, a young monk brushed by the statue and some of the mortar fell off.
He continued to rub off the mortar and mud; and, lo and behold, there stood a golden statue.
The lesson for us is that no matter what life is showing us, there is the possibility of gold being hidden in the experience, if we are willing to seek it out.
We are people of infinite possibilities when we remember that the creator of all that is awaits our recognition and call.
The philosopher Ernest Holmes wrote, "Divine Intelligence guides me into peace, happiness and success, into joy, love and perfect life."
All of the gifts of life are wherever we are we need simply to recognize them and accept them.
Change is happening to us all the time. Often, it feels like loss. However, as we are losing something, we are gaining something. For every goodbye, there is a hello.
We need to be able to look beyond the pain to see the benefits.
Nena O'Neill wrote, "Out of every crisis comes the chance to be reborn."
The key word for me is "chance." We can be reborn, or we can be defeated - the choice is ours.
When life hurts, it creates opportunities for transformation. Pain can help us see who we really are.
I read somewhere that the most commonly used phrase in the Bible is, "It came to pass."
Whatever it is, it is not permanent. It will move on.
We tend to try to hold on to what is comfortable, but the only way to grow spiritually is to is to be willing to let go and trust.
I have often thought that when my life is difficult, I wish I could respond like my GPS and simply say, "Recalculating."
Uncertainty is part of existence. It goes with the territory.
We must develop a belief that regardless of what happens, life is unfolding as it should, and we are being led to where we need to be.
It may not be where we want to be, but it is where we need to be in the moment.
Wherever life takes us, we can see with new eyes, and a deeper, broader prospective that God is always providing.
The Rev. Ron Fox Center for Spiritual Living-Space Coast, Rockledge