What is Your Experience
Human Beings Having a Spiritual Experience
It’s been said that we are not human beings having a spiritual experience, but spiritual beings having a human experience. I really like that and think that it is true.
Lisa and I were recently in the van and she said one of the deepest things I’ve heard regarding the world view of being spiritual beings. She said, “Bad things happen to everyone, and those are human experiences, but how we react to it is spiritual.”
The point is this—the economy is tough right now. And, depending on your personal views, you might not be too happy with the political picture right now. We hear more and more often about younger people experiencing serious illnesses. We see how older folks who have done nothing but try to honor God their whole lives are facing terrible situations as they age.
The world, friends, is a mess in a lot of ways. It feels like we’re human beings who have spiritual experiences once in a while instead of the other way around. I don’t know about you, but I get discouraged. But here are some words of wisdom for you, not from me but from the most reliable source you’ll ever meet:
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great Light. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given. Authority rests on his shoulders. His name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. You who thirst, come to the waters! And you who have no money, come buy and eat! Listen carefully to me and eat the great stuff I’m telling you! I will make with you an everlasting covenant commitment with you, the same one I made with David, built on steadfast, sure love!”
--excerpts of Isaiah 9 and 55
There’s not much I can add to that folks. No matter what your situation, no matter how human your experience feels, you can make it spiritual by how you react to it. Forgive someone. Thank someone when they correct you. Think about what you have to be thankful for. Write down something that is troubling you and write down what you think a “spiritual” response would be to that situation. Only you can make your response to whatever it is your facing a spiritual response.