If you read last week’s blog, you know that I was NOT feeling any kind of joy or happiness, but the very next day, something changed.
Saturday was fantastic! Anticipating an in person outdoor yoga class, I hopped into the cute car. The sun on my shoulders, the wind in my hair, feeling good, I saw a girl dancing down the street. Adding to the awesome, the radio played cool songs that I hadn’t heard before. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, the DJ announced that XM channel 30 is now playing my boyfriend, Prince.
“I feel for you/ I think I love you,” my sweet Prince crooned.
Yes, I cried like a 14-year-old girl at a Beatles concert. God winked at me and said, “See, I do love you. I’ve got you. I see you. I’m watching you.”
I told this story to my friend Dana, and she said, “You attracted precisely what you needed at that time.” I believe that something outside of me granted this small piece of joy. She agreed and suggested that the spirit within calls to the Spirit without.
She’s right. The Apostle Paul writes about how sometimes our spirit is so stinkin’ depressed that it can’t even pray, so God’s Spirit “intercedes for us through wordless groans” (Romans 8:26b).
But is the reverse of this true? Can we attract negative things in our lives through our thoughts?
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t think that God is in Heaven like Zeus waiting to zap us with lightning bolts of lousy luck. But what if we actually find what we seek?
Is there such a thing as a self-fulfilling prophecy? My son’s father’s greatest fear is that some other man will raise his child. Now he lives on the other side of the country, and my amazing husband and I are raising my son. Did he manifest his greatest fear?
Thoughts, beliefs, words are powerful things.
I believe in the ultimate Goodness of God and that Good is always greater than evil.
Coincidently, I see evidence of the power of free will. We have the freedom to choose what we want. If we wish bad fortune and hard knocks, we can have it. We can also partner with Goodness and experience joy and peace.
One more story to illustrate Goodness: my husband, also known as Awesome Augie, had a birthday this week. He told me that all he wanted for his birthday was to get on a plane, go to a ballroom and set up a show – what he does for a living. I kissed him and told him I wished I could give that to him.
He headed out to the patio to read his morning devotions when he got a business call. Thirty minutes later, he emerged from the call saying, “Here’s the big idea…”
He got a project – a major global project. Not just one ballroom, But 20 STADIUMS! Not one show but 20 SHOWS! I imagine God smiling and saying, “Happy Birthday, Aug. I love you.”
Just for Today
I’m going to pay attention to my words and my thoughts. I can’t change my first thought, but I can change my second thought. I will try to avoid negative thinking and actively look for joy.
You tell us to think about whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. Direct my eyes and ears to the Goodness you have in the world. Show me evidence of your gracious, loving-kindness, and grant me joy.