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Ethphatah – Be Open, Be Opened!

Exploring the Divine invitation to “be open”…can we let go of our need to manipulate, control, know the outcome? 

I’m sitting here in Minneapolis after a full week of journeying with my parents through my father’s most recent hospitalization.  In a nutshell – in 7 days, nothing has changed, been accomplished, decided or healed.  Dad is no closer to going home than he was a week ago.  On Wednesday, he was going home on Friday, on Friday, it was Sunday, on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday….today….We have NO IDEA!  It is frustrating for me watching nothing get resolved.  I cannot even begin to imagine how my dad must feel sitting all alone (except for when we are able to get there) in 3 West watching TV, reading Zane Grey and hoping for some kind of resolution.  AARRGGHH!

I brought this frustration into my prayer this morning, and soon found my standard, regular-life frustrations added to the mix – divorce, job, house, money, book etc. etc. etc.  As the frustration mounted, I shook my fist at God and pleaded, “WHAT DO YOU WANT FROM ME?”  Well, that darn God decided to answer…..and this was his/her response:



Ha….there it is, God’s response to my frustration – a frustration primarily driven by my need to control and my desire to know the outcome of all the above listed frustrations.  “BE OPEN.”  Talk about a response that brings one to ones knees!  In this response, I am forced to look more closely at my need to control. 

So, today as I journey back to Oshkosh, this will be my prayer:  “BE OPEN.”  I will be open to placing my dad and my family in God’s hands knowing that I have no control over the situation or its outcome.  I will be open to what will unfold in my Oshkosh life, knowing that again….I have no control over the speed, the path or the outcome of all these dang unknowns.  I also hear in this invitation a deeper “BE OPEN” – to be open to what is in my highest good as determined by God….not by me….and be open to whatever that ends up being – whether it is what I expected or not.  Who knows, God just might have some surprises for me!  BE OPEN!

How are you being invited to BE OPEN?

What do you need to let go of (control, manipulation, attachment to outcome) so that you can BE OPEN?

How does being open allow you to BE OPENED?


Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries/YourSpiritualTruth



I am a trained, professional Spiritual Director, Author and Hands-on Healer. I offer services, programs and classes that empower you to hear the voice of the Divine that speaks from within you. It is the voice of the Divine that leads us to our highest truth, to the discovery and cultivation of our gifts and to a life of Authentic Freedom where we know contentment, compassion and joy. Your truth will set you free!

2 thoughts on “Ethphatah – Be Open, Be Opened!

  1. Hi Lauri,

    A friend of Cathy Fox’s here! I’ve been following your blog and finding it thoughtful, honest, positive and helpful. This one is especially timely as I transition from one fork in the road to another. It is doubly helpful in speaking to a co-worker whose husband is struggling to find out what KIND of cancer he has so they can move forward and treat the core problem. She is trying to create a PERFECT world and sees HER way as the ONLY way to move forward. So of course she is smacking her face into every immovable object out there. I’ve forwarded this to her hoping she will see what’s needed to bring herself relief and find the road of possibilities.

    Thanks for your courage and honesty. Write On!


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    1. Love this. So many blessings. What a polarity to feel. I’m grateful for you sharing your experiences. Sending so much love.

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