I was thinking about Jesus this morning and all the sermons I’ve heard over the years about his purpose for being which, I believe, can be summed up as: ‘He came to show us the way Home.’ He spoke of love and faith and peace and he showed only compassion to those who were ‘not good enough.’
For me, his most powerful example of how to get Home was in surrender. When his peers were repulsed by his teachings, his Father in Heaven asked him to surrender both being a man, a leader, a warrior and being a god who had the power to create food from the air, to tame nature, to heal–even the dead–and to free himself with only a thought. Perhaps our Creator said to the man in him, “Let them do what they will and you will show them how to yield to the Great Divine Plan. Be at peace throughout the ordeal and you will show them how to live.”
Surrendering with grace and equanimity to experiences beyond our control seems the hardest way of all. Why? Because we have all suffered painful losses, we’re grieving and we must grieve to heal. In surrendering to the grief, however, we enter a deep, quiet place within: the only place where healing the pain can occur.
Surrendering to life with grace and equanimity is also the most affirmative path to take, because with acceptance we stop fighting. Though sacrifice and painful losses can be almost too much to bear, the truth is, we all lose people we love, or our jobs or homes or our health. No one is exempt because we come here to grow–back Home. If everything always came up roses, we wouldn’t need God, ever. We would remain apart from the Whole, never knowing the profound bliss of unconditional love, both receiving and giving it. Who was it who said, “Follow your bliss”? I can’t remember, but let’s start together, right now.