The definition of leverage has roots in the words “a means of accomplishing”. A lever, or the means, could be a metal bar, a small machine, or even an idea. Whatever the lever, when you use it a accomplish something, you are leveraging.
As a new day begins, it is striking to count the number of levers God uses in my life for leverage. While I believe God works hard, finding levers in my life is the easy part! My decisions, actions, emotions, and the outcome of each on others as well as myself provide an unlimited number of levers that Divinity can and does use. From the memories and emotions wrapped by in a orange colored water bottle with a simple logo that only a few recognize to the outcomes of good and bad decisions through and the tears that flow from reading about those I love but am apart from, everything is used an invitation to experience Divinity. God does not need to spend time creating levers to help me. My life is filled with levers that can be used for good.
In the quietness of this moment, I realize that one of God’s greatest levers is the silence and darkness that surrounds us, especially late in the evening or in the time just before dawn. In this space, I see how “this God set things right for me and shut up the people who talked back.” (Psalm 18.47)
It is ironic that those who try to help me the most, God especially, are the ones that I try to ensure I ignore. I respond defensively, thinking there is an agenda. I sidestep the insight, thinking I can do it on my own. I walk around the obvious, thinking it is, well too obvious. For many reasons, I am not willing to accept the help others offer me, even when they leverage the very resources at my doorstep.
I realize this moment is a fresh beginning. It is a moment to reflect, learn, and choose. Our past does not need to be our present.