With all the talk (both positive and negative) about the movie “Eat, Pray, Love” I figured I’d share with you a spiritual experience I had years ago. Before I tell you about that, I must say that, as usual, I liked the book better than the movie. It seems that people either love it or hate it – there’s no in between. But when it comes to spirituality, there’s lots of “in between.” There are people who are avid church-goers, there are those who don’t believe in God or a Higher Power, and then there are those in between who don’t participate in organized religion, but are still spiritual beings. That said, I find that just being surrounded by nature can be a very moving and spiritual experience. I can’t begin to tell you how spiritually emotional it was for me to sit at the edge of the Grand Canyon and feel the enormity of a Higher Power. That’s also how I felt when I visited the Ave Maria Grotto at St. Bernard Abbey; near Cullman, Alabama. (Photo: The Ave Maria Grotto Miniatures)
I’ve been attending a new church for the past several weeks and one of the things I like about it is that the pastor’s messages are really practical. Instead of sermons filled with a litany of “thou shalt nots” his messages are timely, relevant and applicable. This week was no different.
The message was about “duh” moments – you know those occasions (that by the way seem to be happening to me more frequently at 40) like the one where you spend all day looking for your keys – only to find that they’ve been in your pocket all along. Or, in his case, spending hours of precious vacation time searching for the sunglasses that had been on his head the entire time.
If you’re as impatient as I am, in the process of looking for the thing that was always there, you lose your temper, throw in an expletive or two and implore God to help you at least twice (never mind that you just cussed and asked God to help you in the same breath.) “Duh” moments are a complete waste of time, except of course for the lessons we learn from them. And, as pastors are famous for doing, mine related our “duh” moments to the spiritual realm – and reminded us of a lesson we could all stand to hear again.