Freedom, understood from a spiritual perspective, is God’s deepest desire for us and God’s loving hand has planted the desire in our hearts to return to this state of freedom. This Divine desire compels, urges, provokes, inspires and guides (and nags, goads, tortures, taunts) us along the path to its realization.
(From Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy by Lauri Lumby Schmidt. To be released this fall!)
To quote my friend Judy Mugerauer, “God is a nag!” I could not have said it better. God plants within us the longing and desire to return to our original state of freedom – a state in which we know inner peace, contentment, compassion and joy. This inner desire will nag, nag, nag at us until we pay attention, listen, and most importantly – DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!
The most current image that speaks to this Divine nag is the volcano in Iceland – and all other volcanoes like her. The energy of the Divine nag within us is like the life of a volcano….sitting seemingly quiet but underneath the surface is this tiny pressure ….perhaps beginning within us as a whisper that says, “Listen to me,” If we do not give this voice the hearing it seeks, pressure begins to build and it speaks a little louder, “LISTEN TO ME.” If this voice still goes unheeded, it begins to scream, “LISTEN TO ME!!!!!” The longer we ignore that voice, the louder it becomes as the interior pressure builds and builds and builds….then finally, it bursts forth in a volcanic eruption, spewing the molten lava of truth all over us…. Then, like the effects of the Icelandic volcano…our world comes to a screeching halt. Travel is halted. Flights delayed. Travelers stranded….until the ash plume of truth begins to settle and we can once again move forward in response to the truth that is now glaringly obvious.
The good news is that we have the opportunity to prevent catastophic destruction by paying heed to our truth as it originally whispers, “listen” in our ears. Listen now …… or it will eventually find its way out anyway! God is like that.