SPEAK: Growing By the Spirit – It Just So Happens…

SPEAK! … By the Spirit™ with
Erica A. Hawthorne

It Just So Happens…

© 2010 Erica A. Hawthorne

April 7, 2010

Growth is embracing each moment...then the next...and the next...

Lately I’ve been noticing a phenomenon that’s quite phenomenal, though the circumstances under which they happen are nothing less than average.  Everyday people, going about their business, living their lives as they do…suddenly happen upon an incident or a life circumstance that moves them from a “meantime” moment right into the path of fortune that not even they could dream or anticipate.

One day, a father decides to capture his kids’ excitement over singing a popular pop song on his video phone.  Who knew that a few words to his toddler son about the song would yield the reaction that it did, let alone the attention from millions of viewers seeing the incident on Youtube.  One moment he’s a well-meaning dad in a minivan and the next garnering national attention for adoption and his burgeoning music ministry.  The same goes for an multi-award-winning first-time actress Gabby Sidibe, who one day took the suggestion of a friend and skipped her college class to attend an audition that turned out to be the role of a lifetime and one of the most striking film performances of the year.

Some may call this fate, but there are many examples of people who have experienced this happenstance.   That without agonizing hours about the ‘how’ or ‘why’, one unplanned, non-pressured moment shifted them into the next phase of their fullest potential with little to no “doing” themselves.  And maybe the moment right before the one that changed their lives they were in the midst of crisis, or feeling stuck.  One moment…it all just changed.

And it came about when they were doing some everyday activity or just taking a step of curiosity in the direction of something fun or interesting.

In the day and age where the “grind” and “hustle” of making it seems to pervade our professional psyches, instances like those mentioned above may seem as likely as winning the lottery.  But every day in nature, something similar takes place, and it’s not thought to be so impossible.

One moment a seed turns into a root, it just so happens that with rain the root begins to sprout pushing and pressing through mud and dirt and seemingly impossible circumstances, until one day, it just so happens that the sprout breaks through into the light of day.  It isn’t necessarily pushing through to become a certain kind of plant or flower as much as it is simply trying to reach the light, and along the journey of doing so, blooms into something all together magnificent.

The process by which this happens, happens with little to no “doing” on the part of the plant, its only role is to be present for the growth process…to embrace growing and allow Nature to provide the soil, light and water to make it all possible.

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you?   – Luke 12:27-28

Think about a time in your life, when you’ve lived the life of a lily and the next moment brought with it a burst of life that clothed you in reward and promise.  What did you learn about that space of “being”?  Are you living in that space now? If not, what is one worry that you can release in exchange for peace of mind to walk comfortably into the next moment?

Who knows what the next moment will bring…but what concern of it is ours, when our growth is the inevitable outcome, and we only need to look towards the light, pressing forward to the very next moment and continue on the path of our fullest potential.


“I am not led by any other wants,
desires or personal debates…
but ever yielding to that
which you lay before me.”

© RhapsodE


2 Responses

  1. what a comforting thought, even in uncomfortable times…something to remember…

  2. I’m reminded of the words to a song: “I don’t know what the future holds, but I know who holds my future.”

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