How does the Universe/God Speak to us?

How does the Universe/God talk to us? There is an episode in The West Wing where the President has to decide whether to commute the sentence of a prisoner on death row. Throughout the episode, he is visited by a Rabai, a Catholic Priest, and a Quaker, all of whom encourage him to commute the sentence. At the end of the episode, he tells his Priest, a man he has known for many years, that he is angry with God for not answering his prayers; for not giving him guidance about what to do. The Priest responds, “God sent you a Quaker, a Rabai and a Priest, what were you waiting for?”

I was reminded of that episode today. For several months now, I have been praying for direction; for guidance about which way to move in my life. I have been praying for work that allows me to use my skills, provide for my family, and serve my community. And then I got a job offer; a job I applied for eight months ago; a job that has been stuck in a hiring freeze; a job I gave up on months ago. I am not sure if I want this job. I would be going back to an organization that I left 10 years ago. I would be going back at about the same money I made when I left 10 years ago, starting at the bottom of the salary grid like a kid out of school, and commuting about 4 hours a day. This is not what I was expecting and it is not what I was hoping for. I was hoping for some funding for a project with my new non-profit organization or a job with a local organization in the community in which I live.

So, for the last few days, I have been praying for guidance: “Help me to know if I should take this job? Give me some sign if this job leads me in the direction I am meant to go.” When I was at a Christmas party yesterday, I told two friends, people who work for public health, about the offer and my quandary. They both insisted that I had to take the job. One of them told me that it might open opportunities that lead me back to my new non-profit organization.  Another person at the party, a man who makes a living as an editor, suggested that I could use my commuting time on the train to maintain the newsletter I started for my non-profit organization.  Then today, I bumped into a woman who works with a local environmental group, an organization I was hoping to collaborate with, and she was thrilled for me when she heard about the job offer.  She did not see this job as a step backward either; she saw it as an opportunity to get new ideas that I could bring back to this community.

So, I came home today and chuckled at myself.  I have been waiting for a “sign”; not really knowing what a “sign” would look like when it struck me that the Universe/God sent me two public health professionals, a self-employed editor, and an environmental activist…so what am I waiting for??

About kp

I am a woman and a mother, a sister and a wife. I have called myself a socialist and a feminist, an environmentalist and an activist, a pagan and an atheist. But, at this stage in my life, none of these labels feel right. I am searching; trying to find an inner calm; trying to make peace with life's disappointments; trying to answer the big questions in my own small life.
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10 Responses to How does the Universe/God Speak to us?

  1. Human nature…Every now and then we have to hit ourselves on the forehead and say, “Duh!” And then, “Thank you.” :)

    • kp says:

      So true….and yes, I have accepted the job. It is not finalized yet but I have accepted.

      • Yay! That’s awesome, Kim. Congratulations! I’m so happy for you–but I’m definitely going to miss your posts. Maybe you can let us know how you’re doing during the commute, too. Thinking of you and wishing you the very best in your future.

        • kp says:

          I have to admit that I am not really happy about it ; It is more like I have accepted that this is where my career is moving at present. It feels like a move backwards and I am dreading the commute but it feels like this is what I am meant to do at this time. We will see where it takes me. I will keep in touch.

  2. Ah synchronicity. I am glad you found your “sign.”

  3. EKMCronin says:

    Great post! I loved that story about the Quaker, rabbi and priest! Did bring a tear though!

  4. The Universe is always giving us the ‘Signs’ and it seems you are taking note of them very well. :-) Good luck with your new venture :-) Sue Dreamwalker

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