After I have hibernated for winter and surrendered to the solitary space of waiting, springtime draws me out to celebrate the birth of new days. After over 50 years of this ritual, I anticipate this period of reckoning, so I spend winter making the appropriate sacrifices – doing whatever is necessary to allow God’s good to take shape before the weather breaks. It’s tax time. It’s Lenten time. It’s the awkward time of removing our outer skin of coats and jackets and scarves to face what’s underneath. It’s time to sigh when we open wide our closets and really focus for the first time on everything that we’ve accumulated over the last nine months or last nine years: stuff that needs to be sorted, fixed, healed, or discarded. Springtime is the gift that Spirit gives us to tidy up loose ends so we can go on about our business. It’s the grace that God blesses us with – to move out of tomorrow’s way.
When we emerge from our winter caves, we know what changes we need to make deep down inside, even if we are not yet courageous enough to make them. Spring is our first baby step full of the sweet breezes of pollen, seeds, and raindrops to remind us that we’ve got work to do. Regardless of what it is – if we plant the right seeds of intention, we don’t really have to worry about making God’s gifts grow. The universe will push the buds beneath the earth, dig roots deep into the soil and form whatever we were summoned to create. As long as we water, prune, weed, and fertilize – new life will manifest itself. All we really have to do is lay the groundwork and move out of God’s way.
We realize even more that we are here for a reason when we have to pay tribute to those who did not make it to new seasons. Two close friends, Mark Fant and William Blakely, not much older than 45, finished their work and made their transition two weeks ago – never to see springtime again in the way that they used to. We mourn the fact that we will not see them anymore and try to wrap our arms around the precious things that life teaches us. “Live life to the fullest,” the March winds whisper. “You never know when your time is up. Have you loved enough? Have you given your best? Have you listened to the Holy Spirit?” We’re in this habit of ignoring God, but when Spirit carries someone’s breath to other realms – we are forced to pay attention. Now is the time to listen.
Spirit called me to write my third book and have it ready by springtime. God is a Lawyer Too: Ten Laws of Unlimited Success will be presented for the first time at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler next week, by the Practicing Attorneys for Law Student Association, on Thursday, on March 29, 2012, at 6:00 PM. RSVP at www.palsprogram.org/SuccessWorkshop2012.
The book tells the story of a man who learns to listen to the universe to discern the gifts that he was given and to be courageous enough to claim his blessings. So often we stay in one place simply because we refuse to move out of God’s way so that absolute good can be expressed through us. We are foolish enough to believe that we are here to serve our own will, but we are actually here to bless countless people – those we could never even imagine. The book and its accompanying workbook gives us ten laws to put into practice in order to plant the seeds of unlimited success and witness their growth.
I am grateful that one of my friends carries the book everywhere she goes. She has an advance copy, but it’s now on sale at www.amazon.com. God is a Lawyer Too helps us exercise the power that we have to put our lives by consciously aligning ourselves with Spirit. When we realize the kingdom that God has given us to create, plant and birth – we know that perfect, divine order is present in all things.
In Mark 4:26-28, Jesus says “A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or whether he gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he doesn’t know how. All by itself, the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.” That is what happens in springtime. A seed is organized potential – the spiritual movement from the invisible to the visible. It is that dream, that desire, that longing, that vision that is buried but merges into the subconscious and continues to move and grow until it manifests itself. This middle ground is the perfect, divine order – the process, the divine mystery, the darkness between every beginning and every ending that we simply have to trust.
It is always time to face the fact that God really is here. But spring is a great reminder that all we have to do is our part, then move out of the way so that God can do the rest.
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