I can still hear my toddler shout, "I can do it myself!" Although it's the beginning of an independent mindset, the immature child doesn't yet have the wisdom to be making all the decisions.
Although I was raised in a Christian home, I became restless at age 20 and started on a quest for spiritual fulfillment. I would learn how to dwell in altered states of consciousness. I would experience transcendental meditation from the teachings of the Indian guru, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I would engage in rituals from Hinduism and Buddhism. Eventually I would discover that all of the world religions, as well as the New Age Movement, have one thing in common, your behavior brings you closer to God (or whatever name you have used).
You hear it from TV stars on a daily basis. It has become Hollywood's favorite mantra: "I can do it myself!" Hmm.....deja vu. If you listen closely to the heartbeat of their foundation, you hear "I am in control of everything about my life. I am the master of my destiny!" I have to admit, it is attractive. It's far easier to be in charge than to rely on someone else to do it for you.
When you read about the flight of my faith journey in my upcoming book, "The Song of My Hope," you will see where I finally landed. For now, here's the short answer: I came back to where I started. I came home to Jesus. Now instead of muttering, "I can do it myself," I declare, "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." (Philippians 4:13)
Just like the toddler who doesn't have the wisdom of the adult, I am a child of God who relies on Him for wisdom. God knows the beginning to the end. He is the Alef and the Tav. He is the Alpha and the Omega. Why should I think I am capable of more knowledge than that?
Asking for God's wisdom to infiltrate my mind, body and spirit allows His goodness to produce the blossoming fruit of love, hope, joy, peace and kindness. This is why I sing a song of hope!
Come visit me next week for exciting news at www.sparklinghope.net. I hope you blossom as you relax, and rest in God's wisdom!