Have you ever felt like life is an uphill trudge? Like you’re swimming against the current, not really getting to your destination? I know I’ve definitely felt like that at times, many times in fact. And I’ve pondered on it for some time, and thought of all the people I’ve known who have just seemed to naturally found the flow of life. Perhaps it isn’t life that is fighting against us, but it is we who refuse to believe that life, God, the universe, or what have you is trying to carry us in its current towards our divine destination. We just have to stop thinking we KNOW more than what that divine current is trying to tell us and just go with the flow.
Our inner spirit and our God will often try to tell us to just go with it; to let our destination unfold before us. God will try to guide us, we just have to listen. Everything in this world testifies of its creator and the divine plan. If we watch the way water naturally flows down a hillside, we notice that water always takes the path of least resistance. It doesn’t fight its way up a hillside; it naturally flows downhill with the law of gravity. Maybe our own lives are supposed to flow with the natural laws just as easily, but we being out of tune with the divine order of the universe try to fight against it with our own reasoning. We can just go like water taking the path of least resistance. When we feel the resistance lessening, we realize we have found our flow. I don’t think the path of least resistance means easy, but I do think it means that it feels more natural and right (or intuitive). So why do we fight it?
In the Lectures on Faith, we are told that when we have knowledge that the course of life we are pursuing is in accordance with God’s will for us, then we grow in faith, confidence in God, and can partake in joy:
An actual knowledge to any person that the course of life which he pursues is according to the will of God, is essentially necessary to enable him to have that confidence in God, without which no person can obtain eternal life…Having the assurance that they were pursuing a course which was agreeable to the will of God, they were enabled to take, not only the spoiling of their goods, and the wasting of their substance, joyfully, but also to suffer death in its most horrid forms…Such was and always will be the situation of the saints of God, that unless they have an actual knowledge that the course that they are pursuing is according to the will of God, they will grow weary in their minds and faint;
Struggle appears to be against others or against yourself, but in reality it is always against dharma. In dharma there is no struggle…Choosing your own dharma determines completely how happy, successful, and loving you will be in your lifetime…By the standards of our culture, this is a startling statement, for we believe in randomness, accidents, and unforeseeable influences. We do not believe that spirit is constantly responding to our vision. On the path, however, these random elements are a mask. There are no accidents in spirit – everything happening around you is a reflection of your current spiritual state. If your spiritual state is confused, anxious, and doubtful, then there is limited power of dharma operating in your life. You are detached from the natural laws that are meant to uphold each person from birth to death…Dharma is a subtle, flexible, ever-changing guide, always sensitive to the next step that is meant for you and no one else. (The Path to Love)
When we just let go and let our life flow with the natural order it was intended to, we flow naturally through the path of least resistance, with the path of dharma, and we can know that we are living our lives in accordance to God’s will. If you’re not sure that you are living your life according to God’s will, ask Him in prayer. Do you feel like you’re constantly fighting an uphill battle? Then just let go of your ego and let God place you in the natural flow you’re supposed to be in. Can it really be that simple? Try it and find out. Don’t limit yourself by becoming corralled by man-made doctrine and traditions. God works in mysterious ways and sometimes our own ideas prevent us from hearing and understanding His will for us. The most amazing peace and confidence and trust in God does come when we choose to follow His will for us. He will let us know what is best for us, and doing His will becomes the path of least resistance because it is the natural flow for our lives. We can then live confidently and joyfully even amidst hardships because we have divine knowledge that Lord is on our side. There is truly no greater joy then knowing you are on a path that pleases God. So stop swimming upstream; let go and let God.
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