Message from the Universe….
I do not believe in luck. I do not believe in coincidence. I do not believe in horoscopes. I do, however, believe that God speaks with many voices, and if you are present and paying attention, you might very well be surprised by from whence a message comes.
This is my time of rediscovery. I am reborn, refined, re-imagined (these are the things one says when she is in the midst of a major seismic shift or career transition over which she has little, if any control). My husband, who also doesn’t believe in horoscopes, brought one home for me the other day, courtesy of Rob Brezsny at The Village Voice. While my beloved and I were born under the same astrological sign, he was clear that the message was mine. He brought it home, after having folded it into his briefcase, and handed it over. I read the following:
AQUARIUS [January 20–February 18]You may have no idea of how much power you have right now to start fresh—to escape the muddle of murky old failures. Your imagination might not yet be sufficiently lubricated to glide you into the expansive version of the future you deserve. But I'm hoping that this little horoscope of mine changes all that. I'm praying that you are already registering the pleasant shock I'm trying to jolt you with, and are awakening to the rampant possibilities. On your mark. Get set. Go!
Any wonder why I smiled? Any wonder why I felt encouraged, and absolutely certain that God was reminding me, not only that He loved me, but that He sent my wonderful husband, who is great to have around when things are good but ABSOLUTELY INDESPENSIBLE when things feel scary and dismal and awful, that everything was not just going to be alright, but that there is a promise, and a hope, and that while it might feel like I’m always weeping and it’s always night, the reality is that joy is not only coming in the morning, but that the dawn very quickly approaches.
Remember Jeremiah 29:11? From the NIV, “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “ Very often, this scripture is offered as encouragement and a reminder of the promise that God intends to do good in your life. I don’t disagree, but I’ve always been interested in context, and I am disinclined to believe that anything is ever that simple. When you look a little bit deeper, the letter from Jeremiah is more like fuel for the journey, and a reminder that there is work for us to do, in order to arrive at the land of “milk and honey.” If you read before and after verse 11, you get that the people of God are subject to judgment at the moment for the purposes of refining, so that they may conform to the plans He has.
According to a study guide published by “Walk with the Word Church,” when we suffer setbacks, though we have blessings ahead of us, God “is not simply “erasing” everything and pretending nothing happened. Becoming what God intends involves a personal commitment of faithfulness and obedience to His Word and ways on our part.”
Okay, before we get TOO heavy, let’s get back to the horoscope. “Awakening to the rampant possibilities?” Do you hear that? How much more of a message of hope from the Universe might that be??? Even more, how special is it that somebody who loves you can bring that kind of message, which they’d be perfectly within their rights to just tack it up on the wall of their own office and keep moving?
When I started writing, I expected this to be a message of encouragement for anybody who’s ever felt desperate, anxious, or scared. I hope it is. Reading it again, I now know it’s also a love letter to my beloved, whose birthday is the day after tomorrow. Love is such a gift from God, and this reminds me that for all I think I may lack, I am abundantly blessed with the love of a good man.
Finally, I hope this can serve as a reminder that when your eyes are open, God is everywhere; in sunlight breaking through clouds after yet another snow storm, in the deep brown eyes of a puppy way too big to be a lap dog but still adorably my baby, in people you don’t know well, who greet you with genuine warmth just when you’re feeling like a smile would really do you good, or, hidden deep within the newspaper, under the unlikely but surprisingly spiritually uplifting section entitled "horoscopes." God is everywhere. And just when you were really struggling to convince yourself, there is it….Further evidence that God is good.