I was sitting on a log by the creek meditating this beautiful spring afternoon. The gentle breeze made the seventy degree temperature perfect. As I pondered on what felt like an insurmountable problem, I asked the Lord, “What do I need to do?”
The answer came with a gust of wind. It blew against me, colder and harder until I folded my arms and rubbed my hands against my bare arms. It felt down-right cold all of a sudden. “What kind of answer is this?” I wondered. Finally, I turned my back to the wind and faced the sunlight. Instantly I felt warmer. With the bright sunlight shining in my eyes, I felt hot within less than a minute. The wind still blew, but it didn’t make me cold anymore.
As I turned to the light, I felt God’s answer. “You don’t need to DO anything. All you need is a shift in focus. Shift your focus to the light and the problem will solve itself.”
“Did you make the wind blow? Did you make the sun shine?”
“No,” I answered.
“You don’t need to make anything happen. You simply need to shift your attention away from your troubles toward the light, and they will solve themselves.”
The question is, how does one shift her focus? Over the years, I’ve used many different methods. A walk across our property always shifts my focus because, for me, it represents my own personal miracle. That we even own it is miraculous. Every time I walk it, I feel an overwhelming sense of awe that it is ours. I also feel very ungrateful that in the winter months I hole up in my toasty office like a mole and never get out to enjoy it.
But when the spring comes, and the daylilies bloom, I feel the siren call that beckons me outside, across the field and to the creek. There I feel more at home than anywhere else in the world. It’s a piece of heaven on earth that shifts my heart to gratitude.
Other things that shift my focus to the light are positive affirmations, repeated whenever the cold breezes blow. Other things that lift my spirit and redirect my focus toward the light include:
- Reading scripture,
- listening to inspiring music,
- reading journal entries from more enlightened days,
- making lists of what I’m grateful for,
- talking to a friend who believes in my dream, or
- giving my child a hug,
When life starts blowing its cold breezes your way, what shifts your focus to the light? Is it possible that this shift is all that is truly necessary? That opportunities, blessings, and answers only come when we are facing their Source?
© Copyright 2010 Marnie L Pehrson