Monday, February 15, 2010

Have You Heard From God Lately?

I’m a big fan of the cancelled ABC series, “Eli Stone”. For those of you who never saw it during it’s short life on prime time television, it’s the story of a high powered attorney in a large San Francisco law firm, who begins to have hallucinations (or divine visions, depending on your perspective). Turns out he has a brain aneurysm like the one his father died from years earlier. His attempt to make sense of his visions (including George Michael singing ‘You Gotta Have Faith” on Eli’s dining room table) leads him to an acupuncturist who believes that Eli is a modern day prophet, and that the visions are God’s way of telling Eli which cases to take. The acupuncturist suggests to Eli that everything has two explanations, scientific and divine, and that we get to choose which we operate from.

So how does that sit with you? I know my daughter, the biology major, has total confidence in science and things that can be seen or proven in an experiment. While I wouldn’t deny the important contributions science has made, I also believe in things that can’t be seen with our eyes, or even a microscope.

What if God speaks to us through science and through ‘supernatural’ means? What happens if we choose to look for inspiration everywhere? Can we combine our intuitive awareness with logical, rational facts and data? Can we hear God speak to us through dreams and investigations?

I’m reminded of Albert Einstein’s quote “There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle. How do you choose to live?

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