What You See Is What You Get


Miss Rosealima knows what she wants and how to get it.  It starts with a low, expectant hummmm, followed by a subtle tilt of the head, revealing a not so subtle bullseye tattoo accompanied by the message, “Scratch here.”  If I fail to heed the signs I am bombarded by one shrill Ragdoll meow rivaled only by the opening notes of the bassoon solo in Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.”  I succumb to the task at hand.

This little beauty teaches me every day how to peel away the veneer to get to the reality of my experience.  With Rosie, what you see is what you get.  As I practice emulating her, Jesus’ words echo from the recesses of my spiritual formation:  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and those who seek find, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”  (Matthew 7:7)  The same promise is proffered by the other evangelists and throughout the Hebrew Scriptures in the Psalms, Isaiah, and Jeremiah. *  It’s just that simple.  Ask.

Contemporary cosmology and New Age thought hint at the same promise.  Everything in the universe is connected.  Our thoughts are energy.  If we manifest an authentic need and trust that it can be fulfilled, it will be fulfilled  not always how and when we want it, but it will come back to us.  We can throw in a bombastic meow now and then while we wait, beat the door down if we have to.  Some things just call for “holy audacity.”  Meanwhile, we can hold God’s promise to Julian of Norwich close to our hearts, “All shall be well, and all shall be well, and all manner of thing shall be well.” (Showings)

*http://biblehub.com/matthew/7-7.htm    (This link shows all the cross references to Jesus’ words.)

2 thoughts on “What You See Is What You Get

    • I read this piece to her and showed her how beautiful she was, but unlike you, Paula, she was not impressed. Of course.

      On Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 2:28 PM, Spirituality Without Borders: Reflections


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