Faith, Fate, and Choice

Most people I know, whether they profess to be religious or not, do have a sense of faith. For the religious, their faith may be grounded in Christianity or a more specific denomination, such as Catholicism, or perhaps in the Jewish tradition, or in some of the branches of Islam. Others may identify as spiritual rather than religious. What they all have in common, is faith and a belief in a power higher than the human self.

Most faithful believe in some way that certain things are “meant” to happen, that they are matters of fate. Even in non-traditional beliefs, there is a sense that certain things if not all things happen because they are predestined. Whether due to the Universal Life Force, God’s will, the alignment of the stars and planets, or any other force, it is beyond the control of the human condition and the power of us mere mortals.

And then we come to the matter of choice. How does choice enter in to our lives if all is predestined, aligned with the stars, or God’s will? vfp100_dogwoodWhat if it is all part of the same? What if, in the genius of this world’s creation, regardless of what power that was, all elements are in perfect alignment with each other and there is no separation? What if we could or would look at everything that happens, regardless of why something happens, as perfect? Whether by faith, by fate, or by choice, what if you believed that everything was simply as it should be? How would that change the way you looked at your world and the world around you?

Maybe, just maybe, when we have faith in a higher power, all that happens is perfect. Maybe when things happen because they are predestined, all is perfect. And maybe, just maybe, when we, ourselves, choose to create events in our lives, to create the realization of dreams and attainment of goals, to determine our own journeys through life, then what we accomplish is perfect, as well.

Next time someone in front of you is driving slowly and you feel yourself getting frustrated, perhaps you could wonder if avoiding an accident is part of the perfection you are meant to experience. Perhaps the next time something does not go your way, you could see that as perfect for you to experience, whether you know why in that moment or not. And next time you feel that someone is unkind to you, perhaps you can have compassion for whatever they may be going through and wish them well. And maybe, just maybe, someone will return the perfect kindness at the perfect time, for you. How cool is that?

3 thoughts on “Faith, Fate, and Choice

  1. Karl,
    That was exactly what I needed to read this morning. I truly believe in pronoia but sometime I need a reminder. Thanks for the reminder.

    Haven’t heard from you for in awhile. Hope you are well.

  2. Karl,

    I’m pursuing my doctorate this fall. These principles of “perfect timing” you speak of, in terms of the Divine Order of all things, under all circumstances, resonate deeply with me as I witness the magnificent unfolding of this next chapter in my life, and in the lives of the loved ones around me. Thank you so much for sharing these nuggets of wisdom! Blessings and prayers,

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