And what about this morning's stunning sunrise? That was a phenomenal Act of God. Study your child's finger-painting magnetized to your refrigerator door, and there you will behold an Act of God. They are pretty much everywhere, if you just look.
We all have moments in our lives when God shows up with an extraordinary act. Those experiences lift us beyond the mundane and make life worthwhile. In the thought-provoking film After Life, we meet people who have just died, and arrive at a processing station at the entrance to eternity. They are asked to recall the favorite memory of their lifetime. When they report their choice, they will be dispatched to live in the experience of that moment forever.
Take a moment now to consider what memory you would like to live in forever. It's quite an exercise! The day you scored the game-winning touchdown, or performed a song or dance that brought the house down? Was it the first time you fell in love? Your most passionate orgasm? The moment you looked into your newborn's eyes?
Whatever your choice, in that moment you were right in the middle of an Act of God, perhaps closer than most or all other moments in your life.
The world can be a screwy place, with values, truths, and priorities that deny or overlook our true purpose. A Course in Miracles tells us the unnatural world we have created by twisted thinking is exactly the opposite of the world God created for us to enjoy. If you want to figure out what's true, take what you've been taught of your purpose, and turn it upside down.
God is not the source of our troubles. People have created far more pain, loss, suffering, and disaster than God ever has. God sprinkles the planet with an occasional earthquake or tornado, but people hurt each other daily. Even worse, we hurt ourselves with harsh criticism and psychic self-flagellation. We forgot that God wants us to be happy. If we remembered more of who we truly are, we'd all be having a lot more fun.
When you think about it, Acts of God often bring out the best in people. In the wake of an earthquake or tsunami, people show up to help each other. Hearts are opened and millions of people rush to give money, clothing, food, shelter, love, and all kinds of aid to those directly affected by the disaster. Now there's an Act of God.
Maybe it's time to listen less to the news and more to your heart. If what you read or hear on the news were accurate, we would have been extinguished a long time ago. But here we are, and I expect we and the earth will be around for quite a while.
Life is an Act of God. Wherever anyone lives or loves, God is acting. And that Act can never be relegated to small print.
Alan Cohen is author of many popular inspirational books, including The Dragon Doesn't Live Here Anymore and his new guide to conscious relationships, Don't Get Lucky ––Get Smart. For information on his program, or to receive Alan's free daily inspirational quote and monthly newsletter, visit http://www.alancohen.com, email email@example.com, or phone 1-800-568-3079.