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Finding God's Guidance

  One of the most useful affirmations of all those I have gathered through the years is this:  God is guiding me and showing me the way, preparing me for every change that life will present.

 

It’s a very comforting affirmation, even though it can often seem maddeningly elusive.  Are you ever aware that a time for change is at hand in your life and new guidance is needed, but still be unable to feel or recognize just what is really going on?  It can be a frustrating experience.

 

How radical is the change to be?  What new choices should I make?  How does the generalized urge to change translate into the specifics of my life choices?  And above all, where and when will I find the guidance I need?  I may believe and affirm that God will guide me—but how?

 

As with all of our self-created crises, the answer is much simpler than the questions.  It is most clearly stated, perhaps, in the writings of the prophet Jeremiah, calling the Hebrew people back from exile in Babylon and forward into a new dimension of their relationship to the divine.  Speaking as the Voice for God, the prophet describes this new relationship:  “’I will put my law within them,’ says the Lord, ‘and I will write it upon their hearts’” (Jeremiah 31:31).

 

Can it be that simple?  Indeed it can.  We can prowl and wonder, cast charts, read horoscopes, consult Tarot cards, but the answer, the guidance we seek, likes in only one place in all creation.  It lies in the constant, eternal Presence we find when we center in our own heart.

 

Today I will find time to be still, be centered, and hear the guidance of God—feel it, know it—in the quiet, loving energy of my own heart.  Thank you, God!

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