"The Dynamos of progress (Eternal Life)"
You Have to Go Through A Journey
To Get to A Destination
As I grow older, I learn that there is no real gain in life without some sort of work or sacrifice involved. We cannot be fit without eating healthy. We cannot sit in a chair and expect to walk without effort…we have to get up and will ourselves to put one foot in front of the other.
We all want great big things for ourselves, but how many of us are willing to do what we are asked to do to achieve it? We want our lives changed but are we willing to change our lifestyle?
These questions were going through my head as I realized one of the things I constantly pray God for is to be blessed with God-like qualities. I always pray for saint-like qualities like tolerance, patience, love, humility, etc.
What I have learned over the years is that in order for God to bless me with growth in these areas of my life, He has to work on me.
For example, I cannot grow in tolerance until I am put in close proximity with someone I cannot stand. God cannot develop the virtue of patience in me until He has me wait for something. As uncomfortable as those situations can be, God uses them to bear fruit in us.
My parents migrated from India to America before I was born. Upon landing here, they were immediately blessed with more than they had wished for. They got the Rolex watch, the Mercedes, the Dream House, and the happy family. It was Heaven on Earth for them. But things did not stay that way. My parents separated, we sold the dream house, and went through some family challenges.
At that stage in life, because things changed so suddenly and drastically, it felt like we had descended from Heaven into a journey unknown. But God was doing such an amazing work in our lives even though we couldn’t see it right away. Letting go of the house itself was a lesson in humility. It came with the realization that it takes years to build a home, but only a moment to lose it. And the realization that it takes only a single moment for everything to change (except God).
God held our family’s hand through it all. What should have been a difficult time wasn’t that bad. And today our family of four is living joyfully with the understanding that ---through God---Heaven or peace can be found in so many different ways; often times not necessarily the way we would first think.
My point in mentioning these examples is that even when we think we are going through a rough time, God is working wonders for us. Those times when it hurts most usually also take us to a level in life we otherwise cannot get to. My point is not to say being miserable is a good thing. I just want to offer motivation and remind myself and others not to fear the journey. Because only by going through a journey does one reach a destination.
It would be naïve to assume that just because we have God in our life everything will always feel perfect. No, there will be seasons, just like there is rain but also sunshine. Even Bhagwan Ram Ji was sent to 14 years of exile. But the reassuring truth is that God will be with you through every season. And you can cling to Him. You may go through challenges in life that make you want to question God…it’s okay to get upset just like we would get upset with our own fleshly father, etc. But what is important is that we never let go of Him. If we truly want God’s will to be done in our life, we have to trust Him even when things don’t make sense.
It is true one has to go through a journey to get to a destination but when your destination is God; the journey is always fulfilling.
Born and raised in Southern California, this reporter is so happy to be back in her home state. Arti's curiosity for life and her passion for writing are what fueled her desire to become a reporter. She loves the daily rush and getting to do something different everyday.
Arti dabbled with her first major print and broadcasting assignments while she was in graduate school in Chicago. This included reporting for the PBS affiliate. She later got the opportunity to work in Washington, D.C. as a correspondent for 7 CBS affiliates in Montana in 2006. From there, Arti joined WKAG and covered news along the border of Tennessee and Kentucky. Besides news, Arti enjoyed being a big sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was also given the "Key to the City" by the mayor of Clarksville for her commitment to the community.
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God bless you Arti for your noble thoughts and a nice article.
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