Would that I were a dry well, and that the people tossed stones into me, for that would be easier than to be a spring of flowing water that the thirsty pass by, and from which they avoid drinking.  Kahlil Gibran

Working on the side of a mountain, cutting a path, and moving rocks and trees can leave you parched and thirsty by midafternoon. Your mind and body become hyper-focused on something wet to quench your dryness. How delightful when your beloved shows up with a bottle of water for you. You wouldn’t tell her that you’d prefer lemonade, and would she please take the water back, would you? She’d probably throw it in your face and tell you to get your own. No, you’d be filled with joy and relief, filled with a gratitude for an answered prayer for something cool to drink.

When you thirst for Spirit as much as you do for a glass of water on a hot summer afternoon, you stop quantifying how Spirit is supposed to show up in your life. You become available to how Spirit does show up in your life. Too often people send back the answer to their prayer because they don’t think it looks like what they want. Stop telling Spirit how to show up in your life and recognize how Spirit is showing up. Life supports you wherever you are on your journey, whether in the wilderness or a temple. All you need is ever available if you can give up quantifying how it’s supposed to be and instead be aware of how it is showing up.

Spiritual Contemplation: When have you turned down the gifts of Life and missed life’s answers to your prayers? When have you said yes to life’s offering that didn’t look like what you were looking for and it turned out far better than you had imagined? Is there something in your world right now that is presenting itself to you to say yes to?

Affirmation: I am grateful for Life’s gifts!