By Minda Redburn
I remember watching a movie about a little girl who lived in Mongolia. One day she rode her horse across the steppes to ask an elder an important question. To answer her question, the woman gave her a big sewing needle, to hold point up over a vat of rice, and scooped up a handful of grains. She said, “Tell me when a rice grain balances on the tip of the needle.” As the rice grains poured over her fingers, the little girl said: “It’s not possible!” The elder told her, “That’s how hard it is to be born again as a person. That is why a human life is so valuable.” https://bestsimilar.com/movies/15157-the-cave-of-the-yellow-dog
That got me thinking. Thinking about how conception works, although the woman was referencing Buddhism, not biology. So many ova pass from a woman’s body in her lifetime without being fertilized. So many sperm are released that never find an egg. Yet here I am, and here you are! Thinking about probabilities from this perspective, it is indeed improbable that you are here, that I am here.
Life is so gloriously generous this way. Think of all the acorns that become dinner for a squirrel, never to become an oak tree. Yet the oak keeps making acorns. In my profession, it was frowned on to talk to my clients about God, so I would talk about Life. Life, or creation, does show us God. Of course, how could it be otherwise? Everything that is, flows from God, and is God’s expression. This includes you and me, and everything we see.
Yep, life has some truly awful stuff. It is also full of beauty. Just look out your window. Think of never having had this experience called Life. The alternative is … nothing at all. Yes, no pain, but also no joy, no love.
Life wants to grow, and I am of life, so my job is also to grow. As I say yes to life, I honor it, by allowing myself to take in the moments of sunshine, along with the rain and the frost and the wind, so that I can become what I was created to be. I am doing the job I was put here to do.
I can say yes to what comes, in trust, that Life (God) wishes me beauty and goodness. And wants me to grow, which can entail enduring unpleasant and truly terrible awful experiences. These aren’t punishments, but I am invited to grow through them, to learn, and to be transformed by them.
I believe that Christianity has something important to say that other religions don’t say in the same way. Among other important messages, it says that the inevitable hard stuff that happens in every human life, if we can find a way to open to it, can be transformative. The cross, and what happened next, shows us this. That suffering’s purpose is to urge us to grow, to expand our awareness of ourselves and of others, and to deepen our capacity to be a beneficial part of this world that God loves so much.
Thank You also for the inevitable hard times.
A final thought from Martha Graham:
There is a vitality a life force, an energy, a quickening, that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique.
And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium, and be lost. The world will not have it.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, not how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open.