I know a person who lives what you would call a hard life. Someone I had been trying to help by putting opportunities in front of them.
Sad to say, this person did not rise to the occasion. And it seems like these opportunities will have been lost.
So, I brought this before Spirit, mourning and complaining about the loss of opportunities for this person whom I had been trying to help. And Spirit said not to worry, they are resilient. And I replied, “Yes, I know they are resilient. I know they are strong. But I would rather that they had a peaceful, smooth-flowing life.” And Spirit said to me that everyone has to do what they think they have to do.
And so, if a person thinks that they have to be resilient, then they will create, in their life, situations where they have to be resilient. And resilient they will be.
But one needs to ask, was it really necessary to create those situations where resilience was a must? Could one not rather have created situations where life was – not necessarily easy all the time, but – flowing, I would say. Just as a river in nature never flows as straight as a drain. It twists, it turns, it meanders. But it always flows. Would it not be better to create life situations that have a natural flow to them, rather than to create life situations that require one to be resilient and tough and strong to overcome?
It’s a fine line, of course. And it’s paradox again. You do want to be resilient when situations call for it. You do want to be strong when the need arises. You do want to be tough when you have to be tough. But you don’t really want to create situations to test yourself when you don’t have to test yourself.
When Christ met Saul of Tarsus on the road to Damascus, Saul was on a religious warpath, seeking to destroy all the followers of Jesus. And Christ met him on the road to Damascus in a bright light that struck him down to the ground, off his horse and struck blind. And Saul said, “Who are you, Lord?” He understood …