April 14, 2010 | 09:25 pm

Wednesday - Looking Beyond Our Language

If I were God, I would make sure every person gets one big God experience, complete with directions for what to do next. Life would be so much easier. I’ve been wondering if there is a sense in which this is already true. We’ve all had those stretches in life where we may have sacrificed our family for our career, let alcohol numb our feelings at the end of every day, or feel the daily pain of a broken relationship. Then something happens. We’re not exactly sure why, but we find a new perspective, a new inner resolve that allows us to change. It’s almost as if we had help come from an unknown source. Most of the time, we can’t find the words to describe it. We only know that we’ve changed. These are deeply spiritual experiences even though we may not use religious language to describe them. Sometimes I think those “God moments” would be clearer if we focused less on cloaking the experiences in religious language and more on what it is we’re experiencing. It’s not the language we use that produces God’s presence. It is cultivating the habit of attentiveness to what God’s doing.