Hold Fast to a Vision by Letting Go
Allow God’s Vision to Light your Way
By Susan Shahani
Ever since I was a young girl, gardening has always brought me a deep sense of joy. From preparing the soil to pulling weeds and planting seeds, the celebration of whatever gift was harvested was always enjoyed and appreciated. What a perfect metaphor for our spiritual journey!
I recently went to the garden box in my yard to pluck a few cherry tomatoes. I was struck by what was once tiny a tomato plant and had now become so much larger than I had expected. Not only had it outgrown the box in which I thought it would fit, it also outgrew the surrounding soil and ground along the back wall. This little vine continues to fulfill itself as a tomato plant, in spite of my best efforts to control its growth. I began contemplating about the seeds of possibilities planted within all life which, under the right conditions, have every possibility to fulfill their destiny.
When selling my home during a market downturn, my heart was obstructed by thoughts of fear. Leaning into that sting, I found a way to open my heart to God’s vision for my life, which resulted in the sale of my home and moving near the ocean, which I love. Trusting the sometimes outrageous, stretching outside the confines of my comfort zone, the vision fulfilled is always more than I could ever have imagined—just like that miniature tomato plant that became a vine that gave birth to countless tomatoes growing outside the confines of its garden box.
Begin by taking the time to mindfully pause several times throughout this day for at least 30 to 60 seconds and become still. Inwardly follow your natural breathing until you feel peaceful and centered. Silently ask yourself, “Who am I, and what is my life purpose?” Journal any thoughts or insights that arise.
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