I have always been somewhat cynical about those who complained of work stress. After all, isn’t stress just a choice? When the complaints surfaced in those that worked for me it was easy to see the cause. Don’t we all live of hell of our own creation? When their physical bodies rebelled and demanded that the soul or heart stop, only then did I begin to believe that there might be a connection, although it had to be tenuous.
During the past six months my views have changed. I look at my arrogance in the past and I wonder how much good well in various relationships I have squandered because of my unwillingness to see beyond my personal framework. Everyone handles life just a little bit differently. Some laugh when they are embarrassed. Many cry when they are happy. And often those that stoically endure in silence pay the ultimate price as their bodies pay a painful price.
There is a connectedness that that ties each of us together. I do not believe that it ends at the last person. If one follows the logic there is a connection between all living species, though the connection may be different. For example, our dog Mollie knows when I am upset even though my body language is quiet. It is easy to imagine the link extending to everything that lives including plants and right on through to Divinity itself.
If this connection exists from our physical and spiritual bodies to other living creatures, just imagine how strong and powerful the connection is between all matter and the God that is responsible for their existence. Something happened in the universe then Joel records that “the sky turns black, sun and moon go dark, stars burn out.” (Joel 3.15) I believe it is the direct result of the connectedness of all matter to the Creator God.
We have the opportunity to be connected with Divinity, to know right from wrong, to understand the direction of our life in living to the fullest. The connection is here. Do we recognize it?