I love the out-of doors, hiking, biking, walking. If you spend time on pavement, trails, or hills, at some point you encounter obstacles. An obstacle: a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress. Over the years I have seen fallen boulders obstructing walking trails, heavy fallen tree branches obstructing a path following a thunderstorm, a tree fallen on a trail or even mudslides that have put a challenge to the road. When I encounter these physical obstacles, I assess the situation, either climb over it, hike around it, find an alternative route or turn around and go back from where I started. What I end up doing depends on the situation.
In other aspects of our lives we may encounter similar situations, other kinds of obstacles. The obstacle may be questions about the future, a misunderstanding in a relationship or loss of friendship, a loss of self-confidence given a particular life situation, a loss of inner freedom, mixing up of emotions due to the loss of a loved one, changes in family life, changes in life that bring joy as well as sorrow or the obstacle may be recognizing a pattern in life that is not healthy and needs adjusting. Whatever the obstacle, we know that the divine energy can come through the obstacle bringing new ways of seeing life. It may take time, quiet and stillness, it may take trust and openness, yet Divine Life will come through the obstacle and create an opening.
From the Gospel of John (John 20:1-9) from the Christian Scriptures we hear the story of an obstacle and an opening. Jesus died. His body placed in the tomb. His friends mourned his passing. Jesus’ friend Mary went to the tomb early one morning. Astonished she saw that the stone, the boulder, the obstacle to the entrance to the tomb was no longer there. She ran fast to tell the others who loved Jesus–he is gone, we don’t know where he has gone. They saw the burial clothes. In that moment they knew that death was life and the obstacle to believing gone, too. New life appeared on the other side of the obstacle, perhaps not as they had envisioned, yet as it was: an opening to new life and understanding. Divine energy flows through the obstacle creating an opening.
Divine energy pulsates through the obstacles of our lives too, creating openings for newness. The outcome is not always what we envisioned it to be or initially desired, yet divine energy can turn an obstacle into an opening.
Our invitation is to embrace the obstacles and the openings.
Blessings and peace–Happy Easter!