Birthdays, anniversaries, 16 years old, 21 years old and 65 years old – all act as milestones of important events as we journey down this road of life. Each of these special junctures is observed with joy and special celebrations.
But what about our spiritual journey? What are the milestones along that developmental road? How do we know that we are making progress in our spiritual lives?
One sign of spiritual growth is a shift in our thinking. When something happens to us instead of asking, “Why is this happening to me,” we look at it from another point of view asking, “What am I suppose to learn here?”
We move from a self-centered plan of life to one that God has designed for us. We put aside our wants to what God intends.
We move from Darkness to Light– We can be wandering aimlessly in the dark, unaware of our true purpose on this earth wondering how/why this hardship came to me. We must turn to the light of acceptance and awareness of God’s plan in our lives – no matter what that is.
We move from victim to warrior– We grow from seeing ourselves as a suffering victim of circumstances, to a warrior ready to battle whatever dark force may be at work.
We give the control button to God, accepting his Plan rather than our own. (Isn’t that what we pray in the Our Father – “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”)
We loosen our grip on the circumstances of life and give way to the flow of life. We can believe and live in internal harmony, even if things are falling apart externally.
We know that our loving, heavenly Father only wants the best for us and that everything will work out for the best in the end. With this deep belief in the synchronicity of our lives, trusting that everything happening is part of the bigger picture of God’s plan for us, we can relax. We can achieve that “peaceful easy feeling” as we celebrate this huge milestone on our journey home.