I am so thankful for the continual knowledge and light that my Heavenly Father shares with me.
Miracles happen, and I’m thankful to be able to acknowledge that not only are the heavens far from silent, but to the contrary, they are quite active and responsive.
As I’ve been writing and piecing together my book I have had so many incredible and powerful experiences. It seems as though I receive confirmation daily that this is a good work, and that this is the work I am supposed to complete.
Now, you have to understand that for the last week or two, literally everyday I have seen God’s hand in confirming to me that this thing I’m doing, this book I’m writing, needs to happen and it needs to happen right away. So every day since I have really decided to go to work and get this thing knocked out I have been blessed with another message or two from God.
Take yesterday for example. I had two divine things take place. The first was no coincidence, it was confirmation #1 for the day. I’ve been going in to the office early, long before any of our employees get there, with the exception of one, but she is quiet as a mouse and completely on the other side of the office. She also was a total messenger, and angel from God one other early morning where she and I accidentally met by the water and soda machine, and she asked me about my book. As I spoke to her, she became the answer to a recent prayer, and she helped me realize why God has chosen me to be a mouthpiece for this message. None the less, I get there early so that I can type and write in quiet without all the hustle and bustle of the day.
Yesterday, I was there early, and I had to go to the bathroom. So I head out of the office, in to the lobby, hit the bathroom,then walk back through the lobby on my way back to my office. Just then, in absolute perfect and divinely orchestrated timing, a gentlemen who has been such an incredible blessing and supporter for me but who I rarely get to talk to or see during the course of the day, was coming up the lobby stairs to the second floor where our office is located, and he and I had a chance to talk.
We talked about the book, and wouldn’t you know it, he shared some things with me that meant the world. He shared that just last week, as I gave a training to our entire corporate staff on goals and how goals are really nothing if you don’t understand the simple fact that goals are words, that words contain energy and allow you to attach energy to them, and if you don’t understand that, then goals are nothing more that empty words on a paper, that we have, in some ways, been mislead to believe will transform our lives.
Well, he said that going in to the training he was, let’s just say less than excited to hear what may likely be, yet another empty training on goals. He said that I turned his opinion around and that he found himself engaged and excited. He said something to me that meant a tremendous deal. He said that he felt like I was born to write and speak, and that “you’ve just got IT!”
This awesome friend of mine is a computer programer and spends his day communicating with machines in binary code, but wouldn’t you know it, he did really really well with actual human words. 😉 I joke, but really this guy is not your emotional, “hey please motivate me” kind of guy. He is a calculated logical individual, yet he shared with me that I somehow motivated him last Monday.
I was blown away, and felt so very very thankful that A) I had to go to the bathroom at that exact moment, that B) he was coming up the stairs at the exact moment I was coming out of the bathroom, that C) he and I could have a one on one private conversation in what is normally a busy and highly trafficked area, but because we were both there early, we could make that happen, and that D) he was so kind to share with me the exact types of words and encouragement that I needed to hear, right then, at that moment, and finally that E) God, once again, was aware of me, gave me exactly what I needed at exactly the moment I needed it, and that He blessed me with what some might call coincidence but what I have grown to call “divinely orchestrated moments of awesome!!”
There is no question that this experience was choreographed for my benefit, and that it was coordinated so that my level of gratitude could grow and expand even more for my Heavenly Father who loves me and is aware of me.
The second experience was an even crazier batch of mini-miracles, and directly relates to this book.
I’ve been working on this book on and off for a number of months, and it was really only in the last few weeks that I’ve got very serious about taking the time to finish it so that I can start taking the steps to get it out to the world.
I kept getting in my own way as I was working on it. I let myself believe that since I had all of these interviews to transcribe that until I really had them transcribed I wouldn’t be able to really feel good about finishing the book because the interviews were going to be so essential. So I kept waiting, and trying, and not making the time etc.
Once I finally made the time, I started to have so many of these mini-miracles take place. In fact, last week, the end of last week, was when I started to FINALLY have a workable outline. As part of the outline I was creating what is becoming the real meat and potatoes of how gratitude will change your life. I realized that I had 6 ways that gratitude would have a lasting impact on the life of someone who reads the book, but 6 felt incomplete, I felt like I wanted 7.
All of a sudden, one of my favorite quotes in the world, about gratitude, from Thomas S. Monson popped in my head. It says, “To express gratitude is gracious and honorable, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live with gratitude ever in our hearts is to touch heaven.”
I thought, wow, THAT is the 7th category, how gratitude can actually really allow you to touch heaven thus implying that the spiritual benefits of such a thing would be immeasurable.
There was only one problem. I didn’t have an interview for this section. I immediately wrote the topic on the outline, and set an intention, and had a prayer in my heart that I could find an interview.
The next day we left for Salina and Richfield for my wife’s Grandma’s funeral. At the viewing, and again at the funeral was Malana’s uncle Steve. Now Uncle Steve is an all around good dude, but this funeral was the other side of the family, and he didn’t exactly live close to where this funeral was taking place… yet low and behold, there he was. He also happens to be following me closely on Facebook, and knew all about the book and the interviews that I was conducting. We talked about the book at the viewing and about life in general, and that was it.
The next day after the funeral, after the graveside service, after the family luncheon, as we were leaving the church building, Steve pulls me aside.
He starts by saying, “Hey you probably don’t need any more interviews for your book right?” I said, “actually I kind of DO, why?”
He goes on to tell me about an extraordinary woman who had family recently lost both her legs, and then her husband, and how she lives this life full of gratitude, and it has strongly impacted her spiritual life.
He didn’t know her number, but was good friends with the guy she’s dating, and called him. He picked up, he gave Steve her number, Steve gave the number to me, I called Julia yesterday and she agreed to do the interview.
I mean WOW, how else would all of that have happened to lead to the exact thing I needed at the exact time I needed it, in order to finish the book I feel called to write.
Here is the cool thing. The heavens are NOT silent… heck they aren’t even QUIET if we are willing to look and listen. Don’t view coincidences in your life as events of happenstance. Realize them for what they are. They are divinely orchestrated moments of awesome. Now get out there and go look for, expect, recognize, then feel gratitude for the divinely orchestrated moments of awesome you will experience and receive TODAY!