being human,  breath,  embodiment

We Are Only Ever Alone with God

I first read this statement about a month ago. It didn’t make sense. Until I dug deeper. Until I researched more; looked for greater context. Until I sat with it. I love Ram Dass’ interpretations of this truth: “When you know how to listen, everybody is the guru.” and this fun one-liner: “Treat everyone you meet as if they are God in drag.” Everything and everyone is IN God. As my esteemed teacher, James Finley often says, “If God stopped loving us today at the count of three, the entire universe would disappear in that moment.” God is the glue that holds the universe together.

As I write this, I’m sitting in discernment, and luckily it’s the very thing we are studying in my master’s program right now. How is it that I can be so deep in my walk with God and yet understand so little? Discernment got me here and I belong, but it’s not the whole story. There’s something deeper here for me. I’m having a hard time making sense of it all, tying it up into a pretty bow. Maybe I’m not supposed to. Maybe I’m just supposed to keep going, to learn to uncomplicated the things my mind tends to complicate and to trust. Maybe I’m trying too hard. Maybe I am part of the mystery. Maybe we all are.

I am only ever alone with God, who leads me through every interaction I have with others. I wonder what today will bring. And I give thanks.

(Photo by Johannes Plenio on Unsplash)