Many years ago, when I believed that spiritual people should not care about (or want) wealth, I was invited by some friends to a dinner before I left to work at a mission in West Virginia. As we were saying goodbye, a man whom I’d known for years (and who was always a crusty kind of guy with a soft heart) pulled me aside and said, “Is that piece of ____car out there yours?” I told him it was and then he replied, “I’d feel a lot better if you had a dependable car, and I’d like to buy you one.” I was surprised by his offer and didn’t miss a beat in saying “No, but thank you very much.”
I didn’t think that I needed a new car, even though mine was rusty and had over 150,ooo miles on it (and I had been wondering if it would even make it to West Virginia)… and even though my friend was extremely wealthy, and would have gotten a lot of pleasure out of buying me the car. I told myself that mine was good enough. I was, after all, dedicating my life to serving the poor and couldn’t very well do that with a new car.
I hadn’t consciously prayed for a new car, but I did have the need, it was “heard”, and a gift was offered to me. If I hadn’t been blinded by preconceived notions of right and wrong, I would have made everyone happy by accepting the car. Refusing his offer was nothing more than misguided spiritual pride.
I have come to believe that gifts are being offered and presented to us everyday. Sometimes they are tangible in nature, sometimes they are words of advice, sometimes they come in the form of a new and expansive thought, that could change our lives for the better. When I open my eyes and expect to be supported by Life, I am never disappointed.
It might be fun this weekend to open ourselves to seeing more of the gifts that this vast and loving Universal Spirit is offering to us….and to say Yes, thank you!
“Expect only the very best, and expect every need to be met, even the most seemingly impossible. Never at any time limit yourself or feel that you should not expect too much. See your needs very clearly, voice them, and then have complete faith and confidence that they will be met. How it will come about will have to be left in My (God’s) hands. I have to work though channels to bring it about, but all things are possible with Me. So let go and see My wonders and glories come about, give eternal thanks…. Expect miracles, and see them take place. Hold before you the thought of prosperity and abundance, and know that doing so sets into operation forces that will bring it into being.” Eileen Caddy (co-founder of the Findhorn Foundation), Opening Doors Within